Believe It or Not
Williams, Peter, Musical Times
THESE TWO BOOKS fit in with musicology's current emphasis on presenting information-packed surveys (preferably of underworked areas or periods) and are good and permanently useful examples of their genre. They compile a range of facts so as to discuss certain composers' contributions to, respectively, a Royal Roman Catholic and a Royal Lutheran court during the 17th century. And their authors work from the common belief that music represents society in an essential and not merely an accidental way (to use old terms).
Now I happen not to believe this, and neither book convinces me otherwise. Music which sets a Kyrie or a Psalm is music which sets a Kyrie or a Psalm and says nothing …
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Publication information: Article title: Believe It or Not. Contributors: Williams, Peter - Author. Magazine title: Musical Times. Volume: 153. Issue: 1920 Publication date: Autumn 2012. Page number: 99+. © Musical Times Publications, Ltd. Autumn 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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