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The Monstrous New Art : Divided Forms in the Late Medieval Motet, Hardback Book

The Monstrous New Art : Divided Forms in the Late Medieval Motet Hardback

Part of the Music in Context series


Late medieval motet texts are brimming with chimeras, centaurs and other strange creatures.

In The Monstrous New Art, Anna Zayaruznaya explores the musical ramifications of this menagerie in the works of composers Guillaume de Machaut, Philippe de Vitry, and their contemporaries.

Aligning the larger forms of motets with the broad sacred and secular themes of their texts, Zayaruznaya shows how monstrous or hybrid exempla are musically sculpted by rhythmic and textural means.

These divisive musical procedures point to the contradictory aspects not only of explicitly monstrous bodies, but of such apparently unified entities as the body politic, the courtly lady, and the Holy Trinity.

Zayaruznaya casts a new light on medieval modes of musical representation, with profound implications for broader disciplinary narratives about the history of text-music relations, the emergence of musical unity, and the ontology of the musical work.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 44 Printed music items; 6 Tables, black and white; 25 Halftones, unspecified; 25 Halftone
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Medieval & Renaissance music (c 1000 to c 1600)
  • ISBN: 9781107039667



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