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Early Music: Medieval

Medieval Era

History and Background

  • Scholarly articles from Grove Music Online  Paid for by JMU

Medieval Music, Hildegard von Bingen, Moniot d'Arras, Leonin, Perotin, Adam de la Halle, Guillaume de Machaut, Francesco Landini, Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Ciconia, Mass, Motet, Gregorian Chant, Jongleur, Troubadour/Trouvère, Cantiga, Organum, Notre Dame School, isorhythm, rondeau, ballade, madrigal, Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova

  • Articles from Wikipedia  Open Access

Medieval MusicHildegard von Bingen, Moniot d'Arras, LeoninPerotin, Adam de la Halle, Guillaume de Machaut, Francesco Landini, Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Ciconia, Mass, Motet, Gregorian Chant, Troubadour/TrouvèreCantiga, Organum, Notre Dame Schoolisorhythm, rondeau, ballade, Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova

Recommended Research Sources (Curated by JMU Faculty)
Medieval Music : the sixth liberal art by Andrew Hughes.  An excellent bibliography organized in a particularly useful way.  
An Index of Gregorian Chant compiled by John R. Bryden and David G. Hughes  
An Index to Early Music in Selected Anthologies by Ruth B. Hilton provides entré to early music anthologies
Music in the Medieval World by Albert Seay is a foundational (but readable) history book on the topic
Medieval Music by Richard H. Hoppin along with the accompanying music anthology is probably the most complete one-volume history

Select Repertoire/Scores

Hildegard von BingenPerotin, Adam de la HalleGuillaume de Machaut, Francesco LandiniGuillaume Dufay, Johannes Ciconia, Medieval Music from Classical Scores Library Paid for by JMU,  Medieval era from IMSLP Open Access

Recommended Scores and Collections (Curated by JMU Faculty)
Anthology of Medieval Music compiled by Richard H. Hoppin to accompany Medieval Music
Medieval Music ed. by W. Thomas Marrocco and Nicholas Sandon
Examples of Music before 1400 ed. by Harold S. Gleason 
Music in Medieval and Renaissance Life ed. by Andrew Collier Minor
Early Music Online from the Royal Holloway University of London Open Access
Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music Open Access

Select Recordings

Hildegard von BingenMoniot d'ArrasLeoninPerotin, Adam de la HalleGuillaume de Machaut, Francesco LandiniGuillaume Dufay, Johannes Ciconia

Recommended Recordings (Curated by JMU Faculty)
Music of the Gothic Era.  This CD offers music from the Montpellier codex, Ivrea codex, and the Roman de Fauvel; Early Music consort of London, David Munrow, cnd.
Music at the time of the Crusades.  Primarily motets, dance music, and chamber music from the 12th century available online  Paid for by JMU
The Art of Courtly Love.  Secular music from before to 1500;  Early Music Consort of London, David Munrow, cnd. Online and CD Paid for by JMU
Antik musik pa Wik; Joculatores Usalienses  Paid for by JMU


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