By EdwardH. Roesner

The ars antiqua started to be pointed out in writings approximately tune within the early a long time of the fourteenth century, the place it was once stated besides references to a extra glossy "art", an ars nova. It used to be understood through those that coined the idea to be rooted within the musical practices defined within the Ars musica of Lambertus and, in particular, the Ars cantus mensurabilis of Franco of Cologne. at once or not directly the essays amassed during this quantity all handle a number of of the problems concerning ars antiqua polyphony-questions with regards to the character and definition of style; the evolution of the polyphonic idiom; the workings of the inventive strategy together with the position of oral strategy and notation and the continuum among those extremes; questions about how this track was once used and understood; and of ways it suits into the highbrow lifetime of the 12th and 13th centuries. the various essays ask new questions or technique long-standing ones from clean views. All, although, are rooted in a line of scholarship that produced a physique of writing of continuous relevance.

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