PMMS Journal: Plainsong and Medieval Music

Published twice a year by Cambridge University Press, this journal covers the entire field of plainchant and medieval music. It encompasses Eastern and Western chant, secular lyric, music theory and paleography, performance practice, as well as medieval polyphony, sacred and secular. The chronological scope extends from late antiquity to the early Renaissance and to the present day in the case of chant. In addition to articles embodying original research, the journal publishes book reviews, a list of important recent publications, an annual bibliography of chant research and an annual discography of chant recordings.


Recent research articles and reviews have included the following:

  • Deus Israel and Roman introits (John Boe)
  • Teachers, booksellers and taxes: reinvestigating the life and activities of Johannes de Garlandia (Pamela Whitcombe)
  • The vision of music in a Lollard florilegeum: Cantus in the Middle English Rosarium theologie (Bruce W. Holsinger)
  • ‘Sumer is icumen in’ – a perpetual puzzle-canon? (David Wulstan)
  • Osanna! New light on the Palm Sunday processional antiphon series (Clyde W. Brockett)
  • Machaut’s balades with four voices (Elizabeth Eva Leach)
  • The meaning of organum: some case studies (Peter Williams)
  • Novi modulaminis melos: the music of Heloise and Abelard (David Wulstan)
  • A Sarum antiphoner and other medieval Office maunuscripts from England and France (Joan Halmo)
  • Tenores ad longum and rhythmic cues in the early fifteenth-century motet (J. Michael Allsen)
  • Job descriptions, nepotism, and part-time work: the minstrels and trumpeters of the court of Edward IV of England (Helen Marsh Jefferies)
  • Philip the Fair, the Dominicans, and the liturgical Office for Louis IX: new perspectives on Ludovicus Decus Regnantium (M. Cecilia Gaposchkin)
  • Rondeau and virelai: the music of Andalus and the Cantigas de Santa Maria (Manuel Pedro Ferreira)

Complete listings can be found on the Cambridge University Press page.

The editors of PMM have received a communication from Robert Mullally about the review of his book The Carole. Click Mullally reply to review to read it.

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