The sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries - the so-called Golden Age of Polyphony - represent a time of great change and development in European music, with the flourishing of Orlando di Lasso, Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria, Monteverdi and Schutz among others. The thirty chapters of this book, contributed by established scholars on subjects within their fields of expertise, deal with polyphonic music - sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental - during this period. The volume offers chronological surveys of national musical cultures (in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, England, and Spain); genre studies (Mass, motet, madrigal, chanson, instrumental music, opera); and is completed with essays on intellectual and cultural developments and concepts relevant to music (music theory, printing, the Protestant Reformation and the corresponding Catholic movement, humanism, concepts of 'Renaissance' and 'Baroque'). It thus provides a complete overview of the music and its context. The contributors include: Gary Tomlinson, James Haar, Tim Carter, Giulio Ongaro, Noel O'regan, Allan Atlas, Anthony Cummings, Richard Freedman, Jeanice Brooks, David Tunley, Kate Van Orden, Kristine Forney, Iain Fenlon, Karol Berger, Peter Bergquist, David Crook, Robin Leaver, Craig Monson, Todd Borgerding, Louise K. Stein, Giuseppe Gerbino, Roger Bray, Jonathan Wainwright, Victor Coelho, and Keith Polk.
A fine book. (...) This civilised volume is highly recommended (and) excellent in content. EARLY MUSIC REVIEWThis is an extremely useful addition to music historiography that will both aid students and provide many insights to the more general reader who feels in need of an over-arching survey of the period. GOLDBERG (Brian Robins)A lively and scholarly account of the multiple complexities and paradoxes that characterise this period...compelling reading with hitherto neglected areas at last gaining accessible recognition. EARLY MUSIC TODAY