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...
A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets, edited by Jared C. Hartt
TAMSYN MAHONEY-STEEL is Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests include medieval French music and literature and the use of text mining and text encoding. She has published on the application of the Text Encoding Initiative for editing the works of Guillaume de Machaut, medieval motets, and soundscapes in medieval narratives. She is an editor of the new complete works edition of Machaut.
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Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel; A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets, edited by Jared C. Hartt. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 December 2020; 73 (3): 800–806. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2020.73.3.800
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