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Title:
Music and musicians in Renaissance cities and towns
Author:
Kisby, Fiona.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xiv, 188 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: urban history, musicology and cities and towns in Renaissance Europe / Fiona Kisby -- Music and urban culture in Austria: comparing profiles / Reinhard Strohm -- Magnificence as civic image: music and ceremonial space in early modern Venice / Iain Fenlon -- Secular music in the burgh of Haddington, 1530-1640 / John J. McGavin -- Civic subsidy and musicians in southern France during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: a comparison of Montpellier, Toulouse and Avignon / Gretchen Peters -- Masses, morris and metrical psalms: music in the English Parish, c. 1400-1600 / Beat Kümin -- The role of religious guilds in the cultivation of ritual polyphony in England: the case of Louth, 1450-1550 / Magnus Williamson -- Academic colleges in the Oxford community, 1400-1560 / Beth Anne Lee-De Amici -- Music and court in Charles V's Valladolid, 1517-1539 / Soterraña Aguirre Rincón -- Change and continuity in the Reformation period: church music in north German towns, 1500-1600 / Joachim Kremer -- Cathedral music, city and state: music in Reformation and political change at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin / Barra Boydell -- Singers and scribes in the secular churches of Brussels / Barbara Haggh -- Music and moonlighting: the cathedral choirmen of early modern England, 1558-1649 / James Saunders -- Urban musical life in the European colonies: examples from Spanish America, 1530-1650 / Egberto Bermúdez.
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ISBN:
9780521661713
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Book

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Summary

This interdisciplinary collection examines musical culture in urban centres in Renaissance Europe and the New World. Although musicologists have indeed already investigated such topics, lack of familiarity with (urban) historical methodologies has often resulted in failure to explore fully the ways in which the urban environment had an impact on musical activity of all kinds; neither is this question adequately addressed by urban historians. This book thus aims to integrate musicological and urban-historical approaches. To urban historians it shows the range of work undertaken by music historians; to musicologists it presents some different approaches, questions and perspectives which suggest new lines of enquiry for future investigations. Not only does this book contribute to musicology, but it also adds considerably to urban history scholarship.


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This collection of 14 articles addresses a broad range of urban musical environments, from major cities (Venice, Brussels, Dublin, etc.) to smaller towns and villages (e.g., Haddington and Louth). Although the title accurately describes an emphasis on the Renaissance, some contributors address issues arising as early as the 14th century and others continue their studies into the initial decades of the Baroque. The title suggests a degree of comprehensiveness, but readers looking for an exhaustive analysis of a particular locale will likely be disappointed. Essays that investigate a broader scope, such as Beat Kumin's chapter on English parishes, tend to be fairly limited in depth. Articles addressing specific locales or individual institutions, such as Soterrana Aguirre Rincon's discussion of Valladolid, focus on a limited number of topics. In addition, each of the 14 scholars presents a different angle. As Fisby (Univ. of London) states in the introductory essay, the main goal of the book is to encourage an integration of urban-historical approaches with musicological (and ethnomusicological) methodologies, in the hopes of developing new and revealing examinations of towns and cities. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. Heuchemer Kenyon College


Table of Contents

1 Introduction: urban history, musicology and cities and towns in Renaissance EuropeFiona Kisby
2 Music and urban culture in Austria - comparing profilesReinhard Strohm
3 Magnificence as civic image: music and ceremonial space in Early ModernVenice Iain Fenlon
4 Secular music in the Burgh of Haddington, 1530-1640John J. McGavin
5 Civic subsidy and musicians in Southern France during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: a comparison of Montpellier, Toulouse and AvignonGretchen Peters
6 Masses, Morris and metrical psalms: music in the English parish, c. 1400-1600Beat Knmin
7 The role of religious guilds in the cultivation of ritual polyphony in England: the case of Louth, 1450-1550Magnus Williamson
8 Academic colleges in the Oxford community, 1400-1550Beth Anne and Lee-De Amici
9 Music and court in Charles V's Valladolid, 1517-1539Soterra±a Aguirre Rinc=n
10 Change and continuity in the Reformation period: church music in North German Towns, 1500-1600Joachim Kremer
11 Cathedral music, city and state: music in Reformation and political change at Christ Church cathedralDublin Barra Boydell
12 Singers and scribes in the secular churches of BrusselsBarbara Haggh
13 Music and moonlighting: the cathedral choirmen of Early Modern England, 1558-1649James Saunders
14 Urban musical life in the European colonies: examples from Spanish America, 1530-1650Egberto Berm*dez
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