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Guillaume de MachautSecretary, Poet, Musician$
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Elizabeth Eva Leach

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449338

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Guillaume de Machaut
Author(s):

Elizabeth Eva Leach

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0007

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to reflect on the centrality of music within Guillaume de Machaut's poetry and poetics by integrating discussion of his songs into a thematic treatment of his works. As a man who was at once a secretary, poet, and musician, Machaut is important in historical, literary, and musical terms. But these kinds of importance represent three discrete faculties in the modern university, so the modern divisions of scholarship serve Machaut's highly integrated output badly. The book attempts to reintegrate the various strands of scholarly treatment in order to present a more complete picture of Machaut as a creative artist. In particular it is designed to bring the discussion of the musical works more centrally into a consideration of Machaut's poetic themes, to show that music functions variously to enshrine and transform them. An overview of the subsequent is also presented.

Keywords:   Guillaume de Machaut, poets, composers, music, poetic themes

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