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The Owl and the Nightingale: Musical Life and Ideas in France 1100-1300

Page, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 0520069447 / ISBN 13: 9780520069442
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American edition. Book is near fine with a slight bump at the head of the spine, jacket has a minor chip at the head of spine, else fine. Bookseller Inventory # 000035

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Title: The Owl and the Nightingale: Musical Life ...

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First American Edition

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Music and literature enjoyed a renaissance in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. That period witnessed, among other things, the rise of the troubadours and trouveres, the elaboration of Notre Dame polyphony, and the emergence of Romance.

Everywhere a new, secular spirit was coming into conflict with the older, more severe view of man and his music. It was the age of the debate between the owl and the nightingale, so called after a Middle English poem that pits the owl (the traditional asceticism of Christianity) against the nightingale (the new, more joyous and humane, social and intellectual trends of the times).

Christopher Page, one of the most original music historians, examines this continuing struggle as it was fought by monks, preachers, commentators, and many others in the great and clamorous aviary of the Christian Church. Drawing upon an astonishing range of literary evidence, much of it from rare manuscripts, he enables us to see the musical life as well as the literature of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in a new light.

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