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Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

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At once a royal secretary, a poet, and a composer, Guillaume de Machaut was one of the most protean and creative figures of the late Middle Ages. Rather than focus on a single strand of his remarkable career, Elizabeth Eva Leach gives us a book that encompasses all aspects of his work, illuminating it in a distinctively interdisciplinary light. The author provides a ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Cornell University Press (first published February 1st 2011)
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Apr 02, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it
About the 14th century interdisciplinary artist--poet, composer, bookmaker. Leach's book looks at Machaut as an interdisciplinary artist as a corrective to much of the specialist scholarship of the 19th and 20th century that either treats him as a poet or a composer. Leach shows how Machaut created meaning through the way the poetry, music, and manuscript worked together as a sort of multimedia experience.

Leach's criticisms of how the specialism of modern scholarship distorts the work of someone
Oct 09, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Not for everyone - but really a fascinating guy, and the book is an exemplar of scholarship and detail-oriented research and explication....Machaut was one of the first truly multi-discipline artists aware of his place in society and of the role made-art can have....carefully crafted music, poetry and graphic information design/architecture all done as a piece, a holistic creation by a very self-aware artist intentionally placing and defining himself in relation to his artistic output through ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
This book was a wonderful, if somewhat heavy reading. Leach takes a very interdisciplinary approach to Machaut's life and work. While she does give music just a bit more of the foreground, she gives equal importance and attention to Machaut's work as a writer and producer of books. Leach is very thorough without being long-winded or ponderous. She covers not only the content and substance of his work, but also how it interacts with and what it reveals about courtly culture in 14th century ...more
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