The Sounds of Milan, 1585-1650

The Sounds of Milan, 1585-1650

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In this book, a follow-up to his 1996 monograph Celestial Sirens, Robert Kendrick examines the cultural contexts of music in early-modern Milan. This book describes the churches and palaces that served as performance spaces in Milan, analyses the power structures in the city, discusses the devotional rites of the Milanese, and explores the connections among city-politics, city-scape and music. Milan's music, Kendrick argues, was the best representation of that city's symbolic system. More than a typical "patrons and institutions" analysis of music's influences, The Sounds of Milan makes use of social anthropological methods to illuminate the roles of composers, performers and audiences. Kendrick traces the rise of polyphony from early appearances in secular music to an important feature of devotional music, all occurring under the careful regulation of the church hierarchy. He illuminates how lay musicians, organised into professional guilds, collaborated on civic festivals and even borrowed from one another's work. Reflecting extensive research into architecture, art, politics, religion, this book offers a complete and interdisciplinary portrait of Milan, one of the most vibrant - and most musical - cities in early-modern more

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  • Hardback | 550 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 37mm | 1,049.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 19 halftones & numerous music examples
  • 0195135377
  • 9780195135374

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Foreign language review: Ausilia Magaudda, Il Sagiatorre Musicale. XIII 2006show more

Table of contents

PART ONE: SPACES AND THEIR MUSICS ; 1. The Sonic Expressions of a City's Belief ; 2. Sites of Prestige ; 3. Sites of Practice ; PART TWO: ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS ; 4. Theory, Aesthetics, and Devotion ; 5. Rites and Rituals ; 6. Il mestiere di musico ; PART THREE: MUSICAL EXPRESSIONS ; 7. Models and Imiatio, 1585-1610 ; 8. From Triumph to Plague, 1610-1630 ; 9. Reconstruction and Reformulation ; Documents ; Appendix 1: Milanese feste di precetto ; Appendix 2: Ambrosian Vespers structures ; Appendix 3: First Vespers for 8 September ; Appendix 4: Bass and score formats for Milanese editions, 1597-1617 ; Appendix 5: Donati's work for the Duomo ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more