Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 21 September 2019

Ars Nova (Lat.: ‘new art’)locked

  • David Fallows

Extract

(Lat.: ‘new art’)

In the most general terms Ars Nova is used as a synonym for ‘14th-century polyphony’ just as Ars Antiqua stands for ‘13th-century polyphony’. The concept of Ars Nova is based on the enormous new range of musical expression made possible by the notational techniques explained in Philippe de Vitry's treatise Ars nova (c 1322). The term was first used as a historical slogan by Johannes Wolf in his Geschichte der Mensural-Notation (1904) in which the treatise was seen as one of the major turning-points in the history of notation; and it was perhaps the chapter titles rather than the specific content of Wolf's work that brought about the use of ‘Ars Nova’ to include all 14th-century French music in the work of subsequent scholars.

Several early 14th-century theorists referred to the idea of an Ars Antiqua , represented primarily by Franco, and an Ars Nova instituted by Philippe de Vitry (see, for instance, ...

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Please subscribe to access the full content.

Journal of Musicology
Rivista italiana di musicologia
Die Musikforschung
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Musica disciplina
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Dizionario enciclopedico universale della musica e dei musicisti
Revue belge de musicologie
La musica: enciclopedia storica