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The Imagined Middle Ages

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BergeronKatherine, The Imagined Middle Ages. California Studies in Nineteenth-Century Music, 10. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1998. xviii + 196 pp. ISBN 0 520 21008 5.

McGeeTimothy, The Sound of Medieval Song: Ornamentation and Vocal Style According to the Treatises. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. xviii + 196 pp. ISBN 0 19 816619 2.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 January 2020

Emma Dillon*
University of Bristol


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