Agostino Agazzari and Music at Siena Cathedral, 1597-1641

Overview

Agostino Agazzari (c. 1580-c.1642) has long been recognized as one of the most prominent theorists of the early Baroque. The enduring fame of his 1607 treatise on the basso continuo has, however, overshadowed his equally significant contributions as a composer. And for all his renown, relatively little has been written about his professional career in Siena. This book not only provides the first comprehensive study of his life and sacred works, it also opens a window on musical culture in Siena during the late ...

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Overview

Agostino Agazzari (c. 1580-c.1642) has long been recognized as one of the most prominent theorists of the early Baroque. The enduring fame of his 1607 treatise on the basso continuo has, however, overshadowed his equally significant contributions as a composer. And for all his renown, relatively little has been written about his professional career in Siena. This book not only provides the first comprehensive study of his life and sacred works, it also opens a window on musical culture in Siena during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Through the use of archival materials, Reardon documents Agazzari's long association with the Cathedral and furnishes valuable information on the personnel, repertory, and performance practices there. She argues for a reassessment of the influences that shaped the composer's style and challenges the generally held view that Sienese culture stagnated after the fall of the Republic in 1555.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198162728
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: Oxford Monographs on Music Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations
A Note to the Reader
Introduction 1
1 A Sienese Gentleman 7
2 The Cathedral cappella in the Early Seicento 33
Organists 34
Maestri di cappella 39
Singers 47
Instrumentalists 52
3 Musical Repertoire and Liturgical Context 58
4 Agazzari's Treatises and Sacred Latin Works 83
Theoretical Writings 84
Masses 88
Litanies 92
Psalms 98
Motets 106
Appendix I Documents 175
Appendix II Agazzari's Sacred Latin Compositions 196
Appendix III Archival Sources 207
Select Bibliography 208
Index 211
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