This book invites us to an initiatory journey to the heart of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
If this poorly known period of musical history still had some secrets, reading the chapters of this book can lift the veil on the aspects of music once so intimately linked to history, the arts, literature, to philosophy, to medieval scholasticism, to rebirthing humanism. Costumes, fashionable dances, manuscripts sometimes resembling old grimoires, games - first great theatrical forms - songs, dances, instruments with names so strange and often full of poetry, all of the captivating themes addressed in thread pages.
The most beautiful stories of medieval music, the most admirable innovations of the Renaissance are here told. Between the fifth and the sixteenth century, at a time when modern society is being built, where Europe is entering a first great era of construction, music fits naturally into everyday life, at court, at church in homes or on roads, in the workshop of a luthier or in public squares.