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Materialities: Books, Readers, and the Chanson in Sixteenth-Century Europe

Kate van Orden


This book is a cultural history of music on the page. It concentrates on print in the early modern period, approaching this topic through the French chanson, which was arguably the most broadly disseminated genre of polyphony in the sixteenth century. Chansons inhabited multiple cultural spheres: the songs enjoyed at the French court were also popular teaching pieces across Europe and circulated orally. The relative absence of biographical, archival, iconographic, literary, or anecdotal evidence pertaining to chansons has greatly obstructed cultural research into this much-loved genre, encoura ... More

Keywords: music, chanson, print culture, history of reading, libraries, private collections, literacy, education, orality, Chartier

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199360642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate van Orden, author
Professor of Musicology, University of California, Berkeley