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The Renaissance Reform of Medieval Music Theory: Guido of Arezzo between Myth and History

Mengozzi, Stefano

Published by Cambridge University Press
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Title: The Renaissance Reform of Medieval Music ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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A detailed study of the sight-singing method introduced by the 11th-century monk Guido of Arezzo, in its intellectual context. Num Pages: 306 pages, 28 b/w illus. 19 tables 3 music examples. BIC Classification: AVA; AVGC2. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 244 x 171 x 16. Weight in Grams: 522. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107442573

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Synopsis: Modern scholars have often portrayed the method of hexachordal solmization - the sight-singing method introduced by the 11th-century monk Guido of Arezzo - as the diatonic foundation of early music. Stefano Mengozzi challenges this view by examining a representative sample of the primary sources of solmization theory from Guido of Arezzo to Gioseffo Zarlino. These texts show that six-syllable solmization was only an option for sight-singing that never imposed its operational 'sixth-ness' onto the diatonic system, already grounded on the seven pitch letters. It was primarily through the agency of several 'classicizing' theorists of the humanist era that the six syllables came to be mistakenly conceived as a fundamental diatonic structure - a 'hexachord' built from the 'tetrachord' of the Ancient Greeks. The book will be of particular interest to readers seeking to deepen their knowledge of medieval and Renaissance musical thought with an eye to major intellectual trends of the time.

Book Description: Mengozzi demonstrates how scholasticism and humanism played a decisive role in shaping the history of hexachordal solmization, a sight-singing method introduced by the 11th-century monk Guido of Arezzo. The book will be of interest to early-modern specialists interested in exploring medieval and Renaissance musical thought in its intellectual context.

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