Based on previously unpublished documents, Frank D'Accone sets the background for the musical efflorescence that occurred in Florence in the later 15th century and the emergence in the early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
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Lorenzo the Magnificent and music; Sacred music in Florence in Savonarola's time; Heinrich Isaac in Florence: new and unpublished documents; Some neglected composers in the Florentine chapels, ca. 1475-1525; Alessandro Coppini and Bartolomeo degli Organi - two Florentine composers of the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.
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