Music Theory in Britain, 1500–1700: Critical Editions

Series editor: Jessie Ann Owens, University of California, Davis, USA

Music Theory in Britain, 1500–1700: Critical Editions

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  • The purpose of this series is to provide critical editions of music theory in Britain (primarily England, but Scotland, Ireland and Wales also) from 1500 to 1700. By 'theory' is meant all sorts of writing about music, from textbooks aimed at the beginner to treatises written for a more sophisticated audience. These foundational texts have immense value in revealing attitudes, ways of thinking and even vocabulary crucial for understanding and analysing music. They reveal beliefs about the power of music, its function in society and its role in education, and they furnish valuable information about performance practice and about the context of performance. They are a window into musical culture every bit as important as the music itself.

    The editions in this series present the text in its original form. That is, they retain original spelling, capitalization and punctuation, as well as certain salient features of the type, for example, the choice of font. A textual commentary in each volume offers an explication of difficult or unfamiliar terminology as well as suggested corrections of printing errors; the introduction situates the work and its author in a larger historical context.

    Jessie Ann Owens is assisted on the series by Series Assistant Editor, Minji Kim.
  • For more information on how to submit a book proposal to the series, please contact Laura Macy, at lmacy@ashgatepublishing.com.
  • Reviews: 'The publication of such a series has wide-ranging implications for how we view the seventeenth century and potentially could alter significantly traditional assessments of its music by bringing to light ideas developing in English theory.'
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