Music at the Gonzaga Court in Mantua

Music at the Gonzaga Court in Mantua

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In Music at the Gonzaga Court in Mantua, Donald C. Sanders examines the history of musical composition and performance at the northern Italian court of Mantua from the fifteenth century to the seventeenth century. Music is discussed in the context of the visual art, poetry, and theater that graced the court and of the Gonzaga family's interaction with the major European historical figures of the era.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 073916726X
  • 9780739167267

Table of contents

Preface and Abbreviations Introduction: Medieval Mantua and the Rise of the Gonzagas Chapter One: Flowering of the Musical Tradition under Isabella d'Este Chapter Two: The Counter-Reformation in Mantua: Cardinal Ercole and Duke Guglielmo Chapter Three: Vincenzo I: Musical Zenith and the Decline of the Gonzagas Epilogue: The Remnants of a Dynasty Appendix One: The Este and Gonzaga families Appendix Two: Glossary Bibliography Index About the Author
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The author provides...many interesting stories of intrigue, deception, and humor in sixteenth-century Italian musical life, and the acquisition for instruments, singers, and composers. Sixteenth Century Journal Sanders has combed the considerable literature on Mantua and sifted through archival records, weaving them into a fascinating account of the city's musical life during the glory years of the 'long' sixteenth century, all in the context of political, ecclesiastical, and intellectual developments of the time. It is certain to find a place alongside classic studies of the subject. -- Linda P. Cummins, Coordinator of Musicology, University of Alabama Mantua has long been known as one of the great intellectual and artistic centers of the Italian Renaissance. Now Donald Sanders places musical composition and performance in this context, in a thoroughly researched and engagingly written account centering on the period from the 1490 marriage of Francesco II and Isabella d'Este through the Counter-Reformation to the creation of opera at the time of Monteverdi. It is at once a scholarly achievement and a good read. -- Jan Herlinger, Louisiana State University
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About Donald Sanders

Donald C. Sanders is professor of music and Chairperson of Keyboard and Academic Studies in the School of the Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
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