Honoring God and the City

Honoring God and the City : Music at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807

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This is the first detailed history of musical activities at Venetian lay confraternities. Based on over two decades of research in Venetian archives, the book traces musical practices from the origins of the earliest confraternities in the mid-thirteenth century through their suppression under the French and Austrian governments of Venice in the early nineteenth century. The first section of the book treats the scuole grandi, the largest and most important of the Venetian confraternities, and the only ones to maintain musical establishments for long periods. The second portion of the book is concerned with the scuole piccole, the numerous less-important confraternities, sometimes as many as 300 of which were active simultaneously, located in churches throughout Venice. Appendices include an attempt to reconstruct a calendar of musical events at all Venetian confraternities in the early eighteenth century, demonstrating the vital role they played in the cultural and ceremonial life of this great city.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 388 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 38.1mm | 680.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 4 maps
  • 0195134893
  • 9780195134896

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This book will be a valuable source for musicologists. * Choice * [Glixon's] study contributes significantly to our understanding not only of the urban contexts of musical performances but of confraternities as well as urban and religious history more generally. * American Historical Review * In its time frame and documentation, this is the most comprehensive study of confraternal music yet produced ... an indispensable reference work. * The Catholic Historical Review *show more

About Jonathan Glixon

Jonathan Glixon is a professor of musicology at the University of Kentucky.show more

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