This book collects twelve of the papers given at a conference held at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., on 1-3 April 1993, in conjunction with the exhibition `Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture'. A group of distinguished scholars considered music in medieval and Renaissance Rome. The volume presents a series of wide-ranging and original treatments of music written for and performed in the papal court from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. New discoveries are offered which force a radical reevaluation of the Italian papal court as a musical centre during the Great Schism. A series of motets for various popes are subject to close analysis. New interpretations and information are offered concerning the repertory of the papal chapel in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the institutional life of the papal singers, and the individual biographies of singers and composers. Thought-provoking, even controversial, evaluations of the music of composers connected with, or thought to be connected with, Rome and the papal court, such as Ninot le Petit, Josquin, and Palestrina round out the volume.
`this book ... provides a richer and much more complex picture than implied by popular notions.' Audrey Ekdahl Davidson, Sixteenth Century Jnl, XXXI/3, 2000. `Most delightful is Sherr's own article ("A Curious Incident in the Institutional History of the Papal Choir"), which deals with the revolt of the choir during the 1540s against their own Maestro di Cappella in response to his attempt to alter their procedures and rules in order to benefit himself.' Audrey Ekdahl Davidson, Sixteenth Century Jnl, XXXI/3, 2000. `This is almost exclusively a book for specialist; but its content should justify purchase by academic libraries.' Early Music Review
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.73