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Gendering the semitone, sexing the leading tone: fourteenth-century music theory and the directed progression

Abstract:

Johannes, the eleventh-century glossator of Guido of Arezzo, is the earliest of several theorists who indirectly associate the semitone with cross-dressing, using a Vergilian citation about Phrygian men. Taking this as a starting point, this paper explores the gendered nature of sub-tonal intervals. The femininity of the semitone is initially a theoretical commonplace drawn from Greek antiquity, but in the context of medieval antifeminism on the one hand and the new placement and tuning of...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1525/mts.2006.28.1.1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Music Faculty
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Author
Publisher:
University of California Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Music Theory Spectrum Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-21
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EISSN:
1533-8339
ISSN:
0195-6167
URN:
uuid:c852f5de-b485-4989-aa18-edd908608bdd
Local pid:
ora:7938

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