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The Sense of SoundMusical Meaning in France, 1260-1330$
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Emma Dillon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732951

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732951.001.0001

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Sound and the City

Sound and the City

(p.51) 2 Sound and the City
The Sense of Sound

Emma Dillon

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the sound of medieval Paris as a sonic backdrop to the motet. It takes three case studies of representations of the city dating from the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century: the Vie de Saint-Denis manuscript; Guillot de Paris’s Dit des rues de Paris; Guillaume de Villeneuve’s Crieries de Paris. While previous scholars have focused on the visual representation of the city, this chapter listens to their conjuring of sound. It argues that the hubbub of the marketplace, urban clatter, and sacred chant provide an audible foil to the hubbub of the polytextual motet.

Keywords:   Paris, soundscape, motet, Jean de Jandun, Vie de Saint-Denis, street cries, Guillot de Paris, Guillaume de Villeneuve

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