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Music and spectacle in baroque Rome : Barberini patronage under Urban VIII

Author: Frederick Hammond
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It has long been acknowledged that Pope Urban VIII Barberini and his nephews were the greatest artistic patrons of seventeenth-century Rome, but it is less well known that the family also supported a wide array of musical activities at the papal court. This book - the first comprehensive examination of the musical productions and festivals sponsored by the Barberini family - discusses what music was written under
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Named Person: Urban, Pope; Barberini family.; Pope Urban VIII; Barberini (Family); Urbain, pape; Barberini (Famille); Urban, (papież ;; Barberini, (rodzina)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Hammond
ISBN: 0300055285 9780300055283
OCLC Number: 30109647
Description: xxiv, 369 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Mirabil Congiuntura: The Barberini and Their Program --
The Context of Magnificence --
Dramatis Personae: The Barberini --
Artefacts and Messages: The Program of the Papacy --
The Musical Establishments --
Chamber and Church: The Musical Establishments of Urban VIII --
The Musiche of the Nephews --
The Barberini Instrument Collection --
The Theorist: Giovanni Battista Doni --
The Musiche in Action: Academies and Repertory --
Symbolic Spectacle: The Achievement of the Nephews --
The Festa --
Sociology, Typology, Sources --
The Roman Carnival --
The Musical Patronage of Churches --
The Barberini and the Cappella Pontificia --
Baroque Opera --
Delectare et Docere: Barberini Opera, 1628-1644 --
The Barberini Operas to 1634 --
The Prince's Carnival of 1634 --
Cardinal Francesco's Operas, 1635-1637 --
Intermedio: The King and the Dauphin --
Cardinal Francesco's Operas, 1638-1642 --
Cardinal Antonio's Enchanted Palace --
Roman Festivals in the Reign of Urban VIII.
Responsibility: Frederick Hammond.

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It has long been acknowledged that Pope Urban VIII Barberini and his nephews were the greatest artistic patrons of seventeenth-century Rome, but it is less well known that the family also supported a wide array of musical activities at the papal court. This book - the first comprehensive examination of the musical productions and festivals sponsored by the Barberini family - discusses what music was written under their patronage, why it was commissioned, and how it related to the political, religious, and aesthetic program of the family.

Frederick Hammond argues that music was central to the Barberini concept of promoting the majesty, legitimacy, and moral virtue of the papacy and the reigning family. Drawing on extensive research in Italian archives as well as on the artistic, social, and cultural history of the period, and employing a wide repertory of visual materials, he describes the structure of Barberini finances and their artistic, political, and intellectual goals; the musicians, instruments, libraries, and performances in their households; and specific productions of church music and operas. The result is a fascinating portrait of one of the most ambitious and fruitful patronage programs ever to exist.

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