Focusing on a neglected but important repertory of polyphonic songs from mid-sixteenth-century France, this unique project puts old books before a diverse audience of modern scholars and musicians in ways that will prompt renewed understanding of these cultural artifacts and their meanings. It is dedicated to sixteen sets of books expertly crafted by the Parisian printer Nicholas Du Chemin between 1549 and 1568. In them, we can trace changing literary tastes, musical fashions, and above all the impact of the relatively new medium of printing on musical culture of the day. [More...]

Richard Freedman (Haverford College) and Philippe Vendrix (CESR).

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Université François-Rabelais de Tours Ministère de la culture et de la communication Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance Région Centre