Holy Concord within Sacred Walls: Nuns and Music in Siena, 1575-1700

Holy Concord within Sacred Walls: Nuns and Music in Siena, 1575-1700

by Colleen Reardon
     
 

This volume examines musical culture both inside and outside seventeenth-century Sienese convents. In contrast to earlier studies of Italian convent music, this book draws upon archival sources to reconstruct an ecclesiastical culture that celebrated music internally and shared music freely with the community outside convent walls. Colleen Reardon argues that

Overview

This volume examines musical culture both inside and outside seventeenth-century Sienese convents. In contrast to earlier studies of Italian convent music, this book draws upon archival sources to reconstruct an ecclesiastical culture that celebrated music internally and shared music freely with the community outside convent walls. Colleen Reardon argues that cloistered women in Siena enjoyed a significant degree of freedom to engage in musical pursuits. The nuns produced a remarkable body of work including motets, lamentations, theatrical plays and even an opera. As a result, the convent became an important cultural center in Siena that enjoyed the support and encouragement of its clergy and lay community.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Reardon's engaging book is a meticulously documented and clearly presented study of the musical lives of women whose names did not find their way into Le pompe sanesi.....The breadth of scholarship and clarity of presentation make this book a valuable resource for musicologists, theater historians, and students of early Italian culture." — Journal of the American Musicological Society Society

"An adept and fascinating account of many facets of early modern life, both within and without the cloister, refracted through the prism of musicology."—Music and Letters

"Walls has done a fine job of showing us how the study of the afterlife deserves to be featured more prominently in contemporary theological discussion."— First Things

"The strength of the book is in Reardon's command of the sources, and in her ability to present.a compelling picture not only of music in Sienese convents, but also of an entire female world that might have been male -dominated....Reardon is thorough and informative...It is a well-written, intelligent, well researched account of music in Sienese convents, and of Siena in this period."—Notes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132953
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

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