Earlier this year my essay on fifteenth-century composer Guillaume Faugues was published as the introduction to the fourth and final volume of Rex Eakins’s new edition of The Complete Extant Transmissions of the Masses by Guillaume Faugues (published by The Institute of Mediaeval Music). This essay gave me the opportunity to summarise all previous scholarship on Faugues, and discuss his reception by authors from the late fifteenth century to the present. (There is, however, a substantial hiatus in literature when Faugues’s name was forgotten until the 18th century.)
I take this opportunity to share the text of my introduction (downloadable from this link) in the hope that it might be of interest to enthusiasts of fifteenth-century music.
Published by Jason Stoessel
I am a music historian (aka. musicologist) and medievalist at the University of New England, Australia, where I lecture and supervise research on topics in music history from c.800 to present day. My research looks at several topics relating to the music of the from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. Music encoding, data longevity and digital humanities is also part of my research. My current research projects include compositional techniques in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially canonic techniques (this project is funded by the Australian Research Council, DP150102135); music and emotions in late medieval Padua (with support from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions); several smaller projects on sources of medieval music theory from the 14th and 15th centuries; and the computational analysis of Medieval and Renaissance Music.
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