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Music in Renaissance Florence: Studies and Documents

1st Edition

By Frank A. D’Accone


360 pages

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Hardback: 9780754659006
pub: 2006-09-28

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Based on previously unpublished documents, Frank D'Accone sets the background for the musical efflorescence that occurred in Florence in the later 15th century and the emergence in the early 16th century of a new Florentine school of composers. Tracing the origins and development of musical chapels at the Cathedral and Baptistery, and the growth of musical establishments at several other churches such as the Santissima Annunziata, Santa Trinita and San Lorenzo, D'Accone examines the effect of Medici patronage, on the one hand, and the impact of Savonarola, on the other, and at the careers of individual composers such as Heinrich Isaac.


'This is a useful collection of articles which gives insight into the musical world of a city better known for its visual arts, and as a demonstration of the value of careful archival work.' Early Music Review ’D’Accone’s work has been characterized by a judicious combination of archival research and penetrating critical reasoning, enabling him to come up with narratives that are both factually precise and flowing in their prose style.’ Music & Letters

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Music and musicians at the Florentine monastery of Santa Trinita, 1360-63; Una nuova fonte dell'Ars Nova Italiana: Il codice di San Lorenzo, 2211; Music and musicians at Santa Maria del Fiore in the early Quattrocento; The singers of San Giovanni in Florence during the 15th century; Lorenzo the Magnificent and music; Sacred music in Florence in Savonarola's time; Heinrich Isaac in Florence: new and unpublished documents; Some neglected composers in the Florentine chapels, ca. 1475-1525; Alessandro Coppini and Bartolomeo degli Organi - two Florentine composers of the Renaissance; Addenda and Corrigenda; Index.

About the Author

Frank A. D'Accone is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / History & Criticism