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Title: Cantus firmus in psalms of the sixteenth century and the music of Claude le Jeune
Author: Duncumb, M. R.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2004
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This dissertation concerns the musical psalm settings of Claude Le Jeune (c. 1530-1600), their texts and melodies. The majority use the French psalm paraphrases of Clément Marot and Théodore de Bèze, accompanied by the tunes of the Genevan Psalter (1562). The remainder set French and Latin vers mesurés by Jean-Antoine de Baïf and Agrippa d’Aubigné, employing a mixture of pre-existent and unknown melodies. This study analyses the texts and their music within the context of the religious and social history of France, as well as contemporary theories of poetry, rhetoric, religion and music. It is divided into two parts. The first comprises three chapters: (i) an introductory chapter which provides a contextual background for the remainder of the thesis; (ii) the second examines the psalm texts as poetry; and (iii) the third considers the psalm tunes, their musical characteristics, and their relationship to the texts. The second part contains four chapters: (i) the first considers accent, quantity and rhythm in the texts and music, in light of the rhetorical theory of pronuntiatio, the experiments as the Académie de poésie et de musique, and the De Francicae linguae recta pronuntiatione tractatus (1584) by Bèze; (ii) the second notes their responses to the structural elements of the texts and melodies, including an apparent observance of the rhetorical principle of rhythmus; (iii) the third investigates different levels of meaning in the texts, and analyses the responses of the poets, the composers of the psalm tunes and Le Jeune; and (iv) the final chapter summarises my conclusions. The dissertation is accompanied by: (i) a volume containing an edition of the 150 psalms from the Genevan Psalter; and (ii) a CD containing recorded examples of Le Jeune’s music.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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