The First Great Dead White Male Composer
This chapter provides an historiographical background on Friedrich Ludwig, a German scholar who transcribed and catalogued all medieval polyphony. It suggests that Ludwig's catalog has held up well to posterity and that his agenda has made it possible to work in medieval music for one hundred years without ever seriously considering the role of memory in the composition and transmission of polyphony. It compares the works of Ludwig with those of Swiss scholar Jacques Handschin.
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