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A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music (Publications of the Early Music Institute)


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Revised and expanded since it first appeared in 1991, the guide features two new chapters on ornamentation and rehearsal techniques, as well as updated reference materials, internet resources, and other new material made available only in the last decade.

The guide is comprised of focused chapters on performance practice issues such as vocal and choral music; various types of ensembles; profiles of specific instruments; instrumentation; performance practice issues; theory; dance; regional profiles of Renaissance music; and guidelines for directors. The format addresses the widest possible audience for early music, including amateur and professional performers, musicologists, theorists, and educators.


A revised and expanded guide to performance practice issues in Renaissance music

About the Author

Jeffery Kite-Powell is Professor and Coordinator of Music History and Musicology at Florida State University, where he teaches courses on musicology and music history, and directs the FSU Early Music Ensemble and the vocal group Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ.

Table of Contents


Preface to Second Edition

Preface to First Edition

Note on Transliteration

I. Vocal/Choral Issues

1. The Solo Voice Ellen Hargis

2. On Singing and the Vocal Ensemble I Alexander Blachly

3. On Singing and the Vocal Ensemble II Alejandro Planchart

4. Practical Matters of Vocal Performance Anthony Rooley

II. Wind, String, and Percussion Instruments

5. Recorder Herbert Myers

6. Flute Herbert Myers

7. Capped Double Reeds Jeffery Kite-Powell

8. Shawm / Curtal Ross Duffin

9. Racket Jeffery Kite-Powell

10. Bagpipe Adam Knight Gilbert

11. Cornett Douglas Kirk

12. Sackbut Stewart Carter

13. Bowed Strings Wendy Gillespie

14. Violin David Douglass

15. Plucked instruments Paul O'Dette

16. Harp Herbert Myers

17. Percussion Ben Harms

18. Keyboard Instruments Jack Ashworth

III. Practical Considerations/Instrumentation

19. Jack Ashworth and Paul O'Dette Proto-continuo

20. Mixed ensembles James Tyler

21. Large ensembles Jeffery Kite-Powell

22. Rehearsal Tips for Instrumental Ensembles Adam Knight Gilbert

23. Performance editions Frederick Gable

IV. Performance Practice

24. Tuning and Temperament Ross Duffin

25. Pitch and Transposition Herbert Myers

26. Ornamentation and Improvisation Bruce Dickey

27. Pronunciation guides Ross Duffin

V. Aspects of Theory

28. Eight Brief Rules for Composing a Si Placet part Adam Knight Gilbert

29. Sarah Mead Renaissance Theory

VI. Introduction to Renaissance Dance

30. Early Renaissance Dance, 1450-1520 Yvonne Kendall

VII. For the Early Music Director

31. Starting from scratch Jeffery Kite-Powell





Product Details

Kite-powell, Jeffery
Indiana University Press
Kite-Powell, Jeffery
Kite-Powell, Jeffery
Bloomington, IN
Instruction & Study - General
Performance practice (Music)
Performance practice (Music) - History
Music-Education and Therapy
Instruction & Study
Early Music; Music; Performance; Reference
Edition Number:
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publications of the Early Music Institute
Publication Date:
46 bandw illus., 111 music exx.
9.39x6.53x1.61 in. 2.05 lbs.

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