Music and Verbal Meaning: Machaut's Polytextual Songs

@article{Leach2010MusicAV,
  title={Music and Verbal Meaning: Machaut's Polytextual Songs},
  author={Elizabeth Eva Leach},
  journal={Speculum},
  year={2010},
  volume={85},
  pages={567 - 591}
}
Our modern experience of songs and singing, whether expert, amateur, or entirely uninformed and passive, is almost completely misleading when it comes to appreciating the singing of late-medieval lyric. My focus in this article is on polyphonic songs that align several texts for simultaneous delivery—a somewhat special category of work. However, the fact of music's indispensability for these pieces reflects the broader cultural use of music as a meaningful—and not just a pleasant—component of… 
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