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Ars musice

Johannes de Grocheio

Publication Year: 2011

Ars musice, composed in Paris in the late thirteenth century, reflects Johannes de Grocheio's awareness of the complexity of the task of describing music. . . . Grocheio is aware of the enormous range of types of music performed in different ways in different places. How can he impose order on this enormous subject matter. He decided to resolve this question by structuring his discussion around the practice of music that he observed in the city of Paris, organized into three main "branches": music of the people (musica vulgalis), composite or regular, "which they call measured music" (musica mensurata), and ecclesiastical music (musica ecclesiastica), which he claims derives from the other two. The originality of Grocheio's treatise has attracted considerable scholarly interest. It has long been recognized as a unique source of information about musical life in Paris. Through his treatise, Grocheio enables a modern reader to become aware of the complex auditory environment of that city in the late thirteenth century as well as of its intellectual vitality at a particularly vibrant moment in its history.

Published by: Medieval Institute Publications


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv


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p. v

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p. vii

This project of editing and translating the Ars musice of Johannes de Grocheio was generated within an interdisciplinary medieval Latin reading group within the School of Historical Studies at Monash University (in Melbourne, Australia), that brought together specialists in intellectual history, musicology, and history of science. ...


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p. ix

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pp. 1-31

These comments of Johannes de Grocheio (Jean de Gruchy) about the difficulty of describing music illustrate a driving concern of a remarkable treatise, composed in Paris during the late thirteenth century, quite possibly in the 1270s.1 Grocheio is aware of the enormous range of types of music performed in different ways in different places. ...

Outline of the Ars musice

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pp. 33-40

Ars musice: Text and Translation

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pp. 41-129


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pp. 131-154

Works Cited

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pp. 155-165

Index of Names, Works, and Places

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pp. 167-168

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781580441872
E-ISBN-10: 1580441874
Print-ISBN-13: 9781580441643
Print-ISBN-10: 1580441645

Page Count: 180
Illustrations: 1 map, 1 chart, 3 music
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 867785443
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Ars musice