Music in the Medieval World Author:Seay, Albert All too frequently historians of Medieval music speak only of the technical aspects of composition, while philosophers concern themselves with the thinking of the era, totally overlooking the vital role that music played. This new book bridges that gap while providing a highly readable introduction to the music of the Middle Ages. — Dr. Seay, di... more »stinguished author and musicologist, traces the interrelations between the labors of musicians and the thinking of the important philosophers of the Medieval age. He believes that full appreciation of the music of the Middle Ages that has been passed on to us is possible only when one comes to understand the reasons for the shape n which it exists, both technical and aesthetic. Throughout, he emphasizes the forces (not necessarily musical) that helped determine the path taken by the composer and performer.
Written with the beginning specialist as well as the interested lay reader in mind, this volume provides a colorful, accurate understanding of the basic ideas of the period, yet avoids overwhelming technicalities.« less