Celestial Sirens: Nuns and Their Music in Early Modern Milan / Edition 1

Celestial Sirens: Nuns and Their Music in Early Modern Milan / Edition 1

by Robert L. Kendrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198164084

ISBN-13: 9780198164081

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This study investigates an almost unknown musical culture: that of the cloistered nuns in one of the major cities of early modern Europe. These women were the most famous musicians of Milan, and the music composed for them opens up a hitherto unstudied musical repertory, which allows insight into the symbolic world of the city. Even more importantly, the music…  See more details below

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This study investigates an almost unknown musical culture: that of the cloistered nuns in one of the major cities of early modern Europe. These women were the most famous musicians of Milan, and the music composed for them opens up a hitherto unstudied musical repertory, which allows insight into the symbolic world of the city. Even more importantly, the music actually composed by four such nuns - Claudia Sessa, Claudia Rusca, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, and Rosa Giacinta Badella - reveals the musical expression of women's own devotional life. The two centuries of battles over nuns' singing of polyphony, studied here for the first time on the basis of archival documentation, also suggest that the implementation of reform in the major centre of post-Tridentine Catholic renewal was far more varied, incomplete, subject to local political pressure and individual interpretation, and short-lived than has commonly been assumed. Other factors that marked these women's musical lives and creative output - liturgical traditions of the religious orders, the problems of performance practice attendant upon all-female singing ensembles - are here addressed for the first time in the musicological literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198164081
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.44(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Maps
Glossary of Ecclesiastical Terminology
List of Abbreviations
List of Music Examples
1Religious Women in Milan: From 'Counter-Reformation' to 'Early Modern Catholicism'1
2Patrician Institutions and their Medieval Heritage27
3From Social Disciplining to Spiritual Recreation58
4Conflict and Renown90
5Monastic Musical Traditions123
6Nuns' Music in the Milanese World-view153
7Ad usum Sanctimonialium177
8Continuity and Innovation from Antegnati to Rusca209
9A Nun's Music among the Genres of Mid-century Lombardy268
10Spirituality and Style in Cozzolani's Music304
11Solo Motets and their Background from Cozzolani to Badalla366
12Conclusion415
App. ADocuments433
App. BFemale Monasteries in the Diocese of Milan, c. 1600474
App. CPrinted Music Dedicated to Nuns in the Diocese, 1592-1679478
App. DThe Works of Sessa, Rusca, Cozzolani, Calegari, and Badalla499
App. EA Reconstruction of Benedictine Vespers at S. Radegonda507
App. FTwo Compositions by Milanese Nuns511
Bibliography531
Index549

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