Medieval Music (The Norton Introduction to Music History)

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The captivating "history" of the figure of Orpheus, his enduring legacy as the force and muse of creation itself.

For at least two and a half millennia, the figure of Orpheus has haunted humanity. Half-man, half-god, musician, magician, theologian, poet, and lover, his story never leaves us. He may be myth, but his lyre still sounds, entrancing everything that hears it: animals, trees, water, stones, and men. In this extraordinary work, Ann Wroe goes in search of Orpheus, tracing the man and the power he represents through the myriad versions of a fantastical life: his birth in Thrace, his studies in Egypt, his voyage with the Argonauts to fetch the Golden Fleece, his love for Eurydice and the journey to Hades, and his terrible death. We see him tantalizing Cicero and Plato, and breathing new music into Gluck and Monteverdi; occupying the mind of Jung and the surreal dreams of Cocteau; scandalizing the Fathers of the early Church, and filling Rilke with poems like a whirlwind. He emerges as not simply another mythical figure but the force of creation itself, singing the song of light out of darkness and life out of death.

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This series presents the music of the Western world to the nonspecialist in six original, strikingly illustrated volumes. In each one, and outstanding musicologist surveys the music of a specific period, discusses its major composers, and examines the forces that influenced and helped shape the oeuvre. The series is designed to carry on the tradition of excellence in musical scholarship that Norton has established in this field.

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