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By EdwardH. Roesner

The ars antiqua started to be pointed out in writings approximately song within the early a long time of the fourteenth century, the place it was once stated in addition to references to a extra smooth "art", an ars nova. It used to be understood by way of those that coined the thought to be rooted within the musical practices defined within the Ars musica of Lambertus and, particularly, the Ars cantus mensurabilis of Franco of Cologne. at once or in some way the essays gathered during this quantity all tackle a number of of the problems relating to ars antiqua polyphony-questions with regards to the character and definition of style; the evolution of the polyphonic idiom; the workings of the artistic method together with the position of oral method and notation and the continuum among those extremes; questions about how this song used to be used and understood; and of the way it suits into the highbrow lifetime of the 12th and 13th centuries. a number of the essays ask new questions or strategy long-standing ones from clean views. All, notwithstanding, are rooted in a line of scholarship that produced a physique of writing of constant relevance.

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