The Politicized Muse: Music for Medici Festivals, 1512-1537

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During the years between the restoration of the Medici to Florence and the election of Cosimo I, the Medici family sponsored a series of splendid public festivals, reconstructed here by Anthony M. Cummings. Cummings has utilized unexpectedly rich sources of information about the musical life of the time in contemporary narrative accounts of these occasions - histories, diaries, and family memoirs. In this interdisciplinary work, he explains how the festivals combined music with art and literature to convey ...
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During the years between the restoration of the Medici to Florence and the election of Cosimo I, the Medici family sponsored a series of splendid public festivals, reconstructed here by Anthony M. Cummings. Cummings has utilized unexpectedly rich sources of information about the musical life of the time in contemporary narrative accounts of these occasions - histories, diaries, and family memoirs. In this interdisciplinary work, he explains how the festivals combined music with art and literature to convey political meanings to Florentine observers. As analyzed by Cummings, the festivals document the political transformation of the city in the crucial era that witnessed the end of the Florentine republic and the beginnings of the Medici principate. This book will interest all students of the life and institutions of sixteenth-century Florence and of the Medici family. In addition, the author furnishes new evidence about the contexts for musical performances in early modern Europe. By describing such contexts, he ascertains much about how music was performed and how it sounded in this period of music history and shows that the modes of musical expression were more varied than is suggested by the relatively few surviving examples of actual pieces of music.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691091426
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/1992
  • Series: Princeton Essays on the Arts Series
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Partial Genealogy of the Medici Family
To the Reader
Introduction: Some Aspects of Methodology 3
Pt. I The First Years of the Medici Restoration: The Union of Florence and Rome
Ch. 1 The Restoration 11
Ch. 2 The 1513 Carnival 15
Ch. 3 The Election of Leo X 42
Ch. 4 Giuliano de Medici's Capitoline Investiture 53
Ch. 5 Leo X's 1515 Florentine Entrata 67
Pt. II Toward the Principato: Lorenzo De Medici, 1513-1519
Ch. 6 Archbishop Giulio's Possesso 85
Ch. 7 The 1514 Feast of San Giovanni 87
Ch. 8 Lorenzo de Medici, Captain General of the Florentine Militia and Duke of Urbino 93
Ch. 9 The Wedding of Lorenzo and Madeleine 99
Pt. III Alessandro De Medici and the Establishment of the Principato
Ch. 10 The First Years of Clement's Pontificate 117
Ch. 11 The Coronation of Charles V 128
Ch. 12 Alessandro, Duke of the Florentine Republic 140
Ch. 13 The Wedding of Alessandro and Margaret 151
Conclusion: Toward a Typology of Florentine Festival Music of the Early Cinquecento 163
Notes 173
Index 251
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