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Papal Patronage and the Music of St. Peter's, 1380-1513
     

Papal Patronage and the Music of St. Peter's, 1380-1513

by Christopher Alan Reynolds
 

A new picture of music at the basilica of St. Peter's in the fifteenth century emerges in Christopher A. Reynolds's fascinating chronicle of this rich period of Italian musical history. Reynolds examines archival documents, musical styles, and issues of artistic patronage and cultural context in a fertile consideration of the ways historical and musical currents

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A new picture of music at the basilica of St. Peter's in the fifteenth century emerges in Christopher A. Reynolds's fascinating chronicle of this rich period of Italian musical history. Reynolds examines archival documents, musical styles, and issues of artistic patronage and cultural context in a fertile consideration of the ways historical and musical currents affected each other.

This work is both a historical account of performers and composers and an examination of how their music revealed their cultural values and educational backgrounds. Reynolds analyzes several anonymous masses copied at St. Peter's, proposing attributions that have biographical implications for the composers. Taken together, the archival records and the music sung at St. Peter's reveal a much clearer picture of musical life at the basilica than either source would alone. The contents of the St. Peter's choirbook help document musical life as surely as that musical life—insofar as it can be reconstructed from the archives—illumines the choirbook.

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A new and broad view of music at the basilica of St. Peter's in the 14th century, a period during which an expanding commitment to music is signaled by the building of organs, the employment of foreign singers, and the gathering of an international group of composers and scribes, particularly from northern Europe. Reynolds (music, U. of California-Davis) provides a historical account of performers, scribes, and composers; examines several anonymous masses and proposes some attributions; and analyzes the music to reveal the composers' cultural values and educational background. He refutes the accepted view that northern composers maintained scholastic values against the prevailing humanistic movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520082120
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/02/1996
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.47(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher A. Reynolds is Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis. He is the founding editor of Beethoven Forum and a coeditor of I Tati Studies.

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