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Singing from manuscripts? Fifteenth-Century, English, secular songs with music and their reading practices

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This essay explores the reading practices associated with fifteenth-century manuscripts containing English, secular songs with music, of which only two such manuscripts survive. It addresses the claim that the primary mode of reading was one in which readers sang directly from the manuscripts themselves in performance. This essay challenges this claim by exploring the ways in which the manuscripts themselves suggest alternative models of reading and performance. After dissecting previous crit...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Oxford college:
Exeter College
ORCID:
0000-0003-0950-6676
Publisher:
Durham University Department of English Studies Publisher's website
Journal:
Postgraduate English: A Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English Journal website
Volume:
33
Publication date:
2017-01-31
Acceptance date:
2017
ISSN:
1756-9761
Pubs id:
pubs:822992
URN:
uri:5534676d-a9c8-4f7b-a8cf-a3be59ea2415
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uuid:5534676d-a9c8-4f7b-a8cf-a3be59ea2415
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pubs:822992

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