Motet scholars see the world in terms of motets: that which is complex, beautiful, and multivalent can be deemed motet-like. Jared Hartt claims this esteemed identifier for his own volume on medieval motets, and he has earned the right to do so. Like those of medieval motets, the contributing voices are competing yet harmonious, working together to provide a rich understanding of the genre, but never attempting to reduce these pieces to a common core. Hartt's A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets is what the field of motet studies needs: a volume that captures the complexity of the evolution of motets in a manner that is satisfying for scholars yet accessible...

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