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.
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.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements List of Figures List of Tables List of Music Examples Abbreviations Contributors
Introduction: Mapping Musical Life in Cinquecento Venice Katelijne Schiltz
Part 1: Musical Institutions
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
Music, Ritual, and Festival: The Ceremonial Life of Venice Iain Fenlon 6
Ridotti and Salons: Private Patronage Rodolfo Baroncini
Part 3: Musical Actors
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
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
Bibliography 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.