A Companion to Music in Sixteenth-Century Venice


This book offers an overview of all facets of musical life in sixteenth-century Venice. It addresses the city’s institutions (churches, confraternities, and academies) against the background of public and private occasions of music making. Supported by a generous collection of archival, literary, and iconographical sources, it treats both ceremonial life in the Serenissima and private forms of patronage. The Companion also addresses the dense web of musical activity (from chapel masters and singers to instrumentalists and instrument makers to music printers and theorists) and the rich variety of styles and musical genres (the frottola, the madrigal, motets and masses, instrumental music, polychoral music, Venetian-language polyphony), broadening the geographical perspective beyond the Veneto to Istria and Dalmatia.
Contributors are Rodolfo Baroncini, Sherri Bishop, Bonnie J. Blackburn, David Bryant, Ivano Cavallini, Paolo Da Col, Daniel Donnelly, Rebecca Edwards, Iain Fenlon, Jonathan Glixon, Don Harrán (†), Jeffrey Kurtzman, Giulio M. Ongaro, Francesco Passadore, Elena Quaranta, Katelijne Schiltz, Eleanor Selfridge-Field, and Giovanni Zanovello.

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Katelijne Schiltz, Ph.D. (2001), is Professor of Musicology at the University of Regensburg. She has published articles, editions and monographs on music in Venice, music and riddle culture in the Renaissance, and the reception of early music in the twentieth century.

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List of Music Examples

Introduction: Mapping Musical Life in Cinquecento Venice
Katelijne Schiltz

Part 1: Musical Institutions

1 San Marco
Giulio M. Ongaro
2 Music at Parish, Monastic, and Nunnery Churches and at Confraternities
Jonathan Glixon
3 Parish and Monastic Churches: Civic Custom and the Quotidian in the System of Institutional Patronage
Elena Quaranta
4 Music and the Academies of Venice and the Veneto
Iain Fenlon

Part 2: Music in the Public and Private Space

5 Music, Ritual, and Festival: The Ceremonial Life of Venice
Iain Fenlon
6 Ridotti and Salons: Private Patronage
Rodolfo Baroncini

Part 3: Musical Actors

7 The Maestri di Cappella
Francesco Passadore
8 Silent Voices: Professional Singers In Venice
Paolo Da Col
9 Instrumentalists and Instrument Makers before c. 1550
Bonnie J. Blackburn
10 Instruments, Instrument Makers, and Instrumentalists in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century
Jeffrey Kurtzman
11 Music Printing and Publishing in Cinquecento Venice
Sherri Bishop
12 From Aaron to Zarlino: Music Theorists in the Social and Cultural Matrix of Sixteenth-Century Venice
Rebecca Edwards

Part 4: Genres, Styles, and Cross-Cultural Traditions

13 Cori Spezzati in Composition and Sound
David Bryant
14 The Frottola in the Veneto
Giovanni Zanovello
15 Venetian Instrumental Music in the Sixteenth Century
Eleanor Selfridge-Field
16 Language, Style, and Subgenre in Venetian-Language Polyphony
Daniel Donnelly
17 Jewish Art Music in Late Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Italy
Don Harrán
18 The ‘Other’ Coastal Area of Venice: Musical Ties with Istria and Dalmatia
Ivano Cavallini

General Index

Scholars and students of (Renaissance) musicology, history, art history, urban history, the history of religion, and institutional history, as well as musicians interested in all facets of musical life in sixteenth-century Venice.