Agostino Agazzari and Music at Siena Cathedral, 1597-1641
By (author) Colleen Reardon
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Agostino Agazzari and Music at Siena Cathedral, 1597-1641 by Colleen Reardon
Book DescriptionAgostino Agazzari (c.1580-c.1642) has long been recognized as one of the most prominent theorists of the early Baroque. The enduring fame of his 1607 treatise on the basso continuo has, however, overshadowed his equally significant contributions as a composer. And for all his renown, relatively little has been written about his professional career in Siena. This book not only provides the first comprehensive study of his life and sacred works, it also opens a window on musical culture in Siena during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Through the use of archival materials, the author documents Agazzari's long association with the Sienese Cathedral and furnishes valuable information on the personnel, repertory, and performance practices there. She argues for a reassessment of the influences that shaped the composer's style and challenges the generally held view that Sienese culture stagnated after the fall of the Republic in 1555. The book contributes significantly to our knowledge of musical life in the Tuscan 'City of the Virgin'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198162728
(241mm x 161mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Dec-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colleen Reardon
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Holy Concord within Sacred Walls, Hardback (November 2001)» View all books by Colleen Reardon
'Holy Chord Within Sacred Walls' examines musical culture both inside and outside 17th-century Sienese convents. The nuns produced motets, lamentations, theatrical plays and even an opera. As a result, the convent became an important cultural centre in Siena that enjoyed the support and encouragement of its clergy and lay community.
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