Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Hexachord, Mensur Und Textstruktur: Studien Zum Französischen Lied Des 14. Jahrhunderts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Hexachord, Mensur Und Textstruktur: Studien Zum Französischen Lied Des 14. Jahrhunderts

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C. Berger, Hexachord, Mensur und Textstruktur Studien yum französischen Lied des 14. Jahrhunderts, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 35 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1992). 305 pp. ISBN 3-515-06097-9. DM 128.

A personal comment first, since I find myself taken to task (though in good company) in the introduction for having said in 1980 that, regarding fourteenth-century music, we were then in a position 'to be well acquainted with the entire surviving repertory, its forms, its stylistic features, its background'. There seems to be some problem of interpretation here: 'to be well acquainted' by no means implies 'understanding everything there is to know'. Very little new has been discovered since 1980 as far as sources go, or our knowledge of the lives and backgrounds of fourteenth-century composers. In the minute analysis of compositional technique, however, which is the subject of C. Berger's thesis (Kiel, 1989), there is naturally still plenty of scope for new discoveries and observations, for the now well-known repertory is extensive. It is otherwise hard to understand how my assessment of the position could be 'kaum zu verstehen'! It is odd, in a book entirely devoted to the fourteenth century, that every one of the many (mostly polite) references to my CMM 36 edition of A Fourteenth-Century Repertory from the Codex Reina is given as CMM 37, A Fifteenth-Century Repertory from the Codex Reina\ Berger's study seems to have been in the press for some time: 1987 is the latest date to be found in the bibliography. …

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