The Renaissance: From the 1470s to the end of the 16th by Ianin Fenlon

By Ianin Fenlon

From the sequence reading the improvement of song in particular locations in the course of specific occasions, this e-book seems at ecu international locations on the time of the Renaissance, targeting Italy. it's to be released together with a tv series.

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Elizabeth I continued and expanded the cosmopolitan musical establishment at court which, being frequently in London as well as travelling on progresses, acted as both example and inspiration for aristocrats such as Henry Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel (d 1580). From about 1553 Arundel lived at Nonesuch Castle in Surrey, originally built for Henry VIII in 1538 and, during the early decades ofElizabeth's reign, an important centre of musical activity in England and an echo of the royal court. Among the surviving books and manuscripts from the Nonesuch library, a number contain Italian music acquired by Arundel on his visit to Italy in 1565-6, but the majority are devoted to Franco-Flemish repertory, much of which was copied by the Flemish composer Derick Gerarde whom Arundel employed.

Many ofhis efforts were directed towards the operation ofhis cappella di cantori; as early as 1472, the first full year of Ercole's rule, it had included fifteen singers, and by the end of the century it had been expanded to a size that placed it on a par with any similar body in Europe, including the papal chapel. This side of Ercole's interest in music was partly promoted by his religiosity and the desire to present himself to the world and to posterity as the model Christian prince. At the same time, all the evidence suggests that Ercole had a quite genuine interest in music as an art, and that this interest was expressed in the pleasure he took in performance.

Thus, through the agency of music, celestial and terrestrial deities are conveniently fused and confused. There could hardly be a clearer demonstration of the appropriation by a ruler of the humanist notion of the power of music as part of the rhetoric of the politics of prestige, a vital ingredient in the business of ruling. THE RISE OF THE BOURGEOISIE Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, courtly society acted as a behavioural model, not only for the diplomats, ecclesiastics and administrators who served it, but also for the upper reaches of the wider world.

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