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

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The most famous musicians of early modern Milan were its cloistered nuns, despite the efforts of church officials to limit their musical lives. This book details the cultural context, religious traditions, musical styles, and personal meaning of the music written by and for them from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century, and outlines the ways in which their status as female virgins was—and was not—central to the musical expression of their piety.

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"Intriguing....This book contains a wealth of newly published archival information that will interest anyone concerned with ritual and performance circumstances of polyphonic music in women's religious orders during this important period in musical history."—Choice

"Kendrick's ability to navigate the larger currents of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Milanese culture in order to contextualize the practices of the city's female monasteries is only one of the many strengths of this impressive study....Celestial Sirens is an essential addition to the library of any historian with an interest in the sacred music of Seicento Italy."—Journal of the American Musicological Society

"[Kendrick's] skills as social historian and musicologist are clearly evident and well exercised, making his work a sound contribution in both fields."—Church History

"...Kendrick provides the English-speaking reader with an erudite exploration into the subject of nuns' music...[his] praiseworthy achievement will prompt further exploration of this complex history and bring to light more of the compositions of these musical women inside the cloister."—The Catholic Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198164081
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford Monographs on Music Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Glossary of Ecclesiastical Terminology
List of Abbreviations
List of Music Examples
1 Religious Women in Milan: From 'Counter-Reformation' to 'Early Modern Catholicism' 1
2 Patrician Institutions and their Medieval Heritage 27
3 From Social Disciplining to Spiritual Recreation 58
4 Conflict and Renown 90
5 Monastic Musical Traditions 123
6 Nuns' Music in the Milanese World-view 153
7 Ad usum Sanctimonialium 177
8 Continuity and Innovation from Antegnati to Rusca 209
9 A Nun's Music among the Genres of Mid-century Lombardy 268
10 Spirituality and Style in Cozzolani's Music 304
11 Solo Motets and their Background from Cozzolani to Badalla 366
12 Conclusion 415
App. A Documents 433
App. B Female Monasteries in the Diocese of Milan, c. 1600 474
App. C Printed Music Dedicated to Nuns in the Diocese, 1592-1679 478
App. D The Works of Sessa, Rusca, Cozzolani, Calegari, and Badalla 499
App. E A Reconstruction of Benedictine Vespers at S. Radegonda 507
App. F Two Compositions by Milanese Nuns 511
Bibliography 531
Index 549
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