Music in the Age of Chaucer with Chaucer Songs - Nigel Wilkins. UK D. S. Brewer 1995. Hardcover 2nd Edition with Chaucer Songs.
Although Chaucer himself was never described as a musician, a number of his poems are based on French models which belong to a well-established musical tradition, and there are also many references to musical activities in his larger works. This is the starting point for Dr Wilkins's book, which explores both the wider question of the relationship between music and literature in the fourteenth century and the specific area of Chaucer `songs'. He surveys the musical and literary scene in France, Italy and Britain during Chaucer's lifetime, with special emphasis on composers such as Machaut and Landini, and on the differences in national styles. The performance of music and the instruments used are also fully explored.
The discussion of Chaucer's musical background is illustrated in the accompanying settings presented with words by Chaucer ten ballades, three complaintes (or chants royaux), and one rondeau.
Fully illustrated with black and white photographs and musical examples.
Title: Music in the Age of Chaucer with Chaucer Songs
Published: 1995 (2nd edition), with Chaucer Songs
Publisher: D. S. Brewer, Cambridge
Hard Cover: 210 pages
Book Condition: Good, see photos. Previous owner's name and year in biro on front end papers.
Dust Jacket Condition: N/A
ISBN 0 85991 461 5