In Small Proportions: A Poetics of the English Ayre, 1596-1622

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Wayne State University Press, 1998 - Music - 404 pages
Based on Edward Doughtie's seminal critical edition, Lyrics from English Airs, 1596-1622 (Harvard University Press, 1970), and intended as a complement to it, In Small Proportions provides the first extended examination of the ayre's literary devices and attributes. Its goal is to elaborate a poetics of the ayre as a blend of music and text - a means by which scholars, students, performers, and cultural historians may interpret the ayre's lyrics through a heightened understanding of the distinctive literary features that assure the genre a unique place in the cultural achievements of the English Renaissance.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
11
THE POETICS OF THE ENGLISH AYRE
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2
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3
109
SIGHES AND TEARES MAKE LIFE TO LAST
145
5
169
6
191
WHAT NUMBERS FITTE THE NATURE OF HER IDIOME
217
THE PERFORMANCE CONTEXT OF THE ENGLISH AYRE
249
Works Cited 369 Index
385
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About the author (1998)

Assistant Professor of English at the University of Guelph. He Received His Ph.D. from York University, and Has Worked as Both a Lutenist and a Composer

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