Renaissance and Protestant Reformation Readings

In addition to a few pages from Deep Listeners, I’m asking you to read through some of what a few elder scholars have to say about the period. Joseph Kerman is considered by many musicologists to be the father of musicological music criticism. His article on Elizabethan court composer William Byrd, “Music and Politics,” is available here. Jacques Barzun‘s monstrous survey of 500 years of history has been praised as a tour de force. Since the library’s copy is falling apart, I have the few excerpts on the Protestant Reformation available here. Optional reading this week comes from Weiss/Taruskin, “The Life of a Church Musician,” available here.

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About kgoldschmitt
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New College of Florida, music scholar for hire.

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