Margot Fassler's Music in the Medieval West imaginatively reconstructs the repertoire of the Middle Ages by drawing on a wide range of sources. In addition to highlighting the ceremonial and dramatic functions of medieval music (both sacred and secular), she pays special attention to the exchange of musical ideas, the development of musical notation and other methods of transmission, and the role of women in musical culture.
Western Music in Context: A Norton History comprises six volumes of moderate length, each written in an engaging style by a recognized expert. Authoritative and current, the series examines music in the broadest sense-as sounds notated, performed, and heard-focusing not only on composers and works, but also on broader social and intellectual currents.
Margot Fassler is Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. Her works include The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts, Gothic Song: Victorine Sequences and Augustinian Reform in Twelfth-Century Paris, and a series of films on sacred music. Fassler is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Musicological Society's Otto Kinkeldey Prize. Walter Frisch is H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert von Tilzer Professor of Music at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Brahms: The Four Symphonies, The Early Works of Arnold Schoenberg 1903-1908, and German Modernism: Music and the Arts. He is the recipient of two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
**Contents subject to change 1. The Making of the Middle Ages 2. The Foundations of the Western Middle Ages: Music and Music Theory in the Late Roman Empire 3. Chant and the Carolingians 4. The Office, the Mass Ordinary, and Varied Practices of Troping 5. Sound and Spaces, Theory and Practice in the Eleventh Century 6. Conquest, Changing Tastes, and Pilgrimage in the Twelfth Century 7. Poet-Composers in an Age of the Individual 8. The Thirteenth Century: "Then Truly Was the Time of Singing Come" 9. Music and Learning in the Thirteenth Century 10. Music and Narrative in Fourteenth-Century France 11. The Fourteenth Century in Italy and England 12. Epilogue: On the Edges