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Music and wonder at the Medici court : the 1589 interludes for La pellegrina

Author: Nina Treadwell
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2008.
Series: Musical meaning and interpretation.; Music and the early modern imagination.
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"On May 2, 1589, the Medici court staged the most costly and elaborate entertainment yet produced at Florence. In the Uffizi theater, the intermedi (interludes) performed between the acts of Girolamo Bargagli's comedy La pellegrina were the high point of a series of celebrations mobilized by the newly proclaimed Grand Duke of Florence - Ferdinando I de' Medici - for his wedding to Christine of Lorraine." "These  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Treadwell, Nina.
Music and wonder at the Medici court.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2008
(OCoLC)636658093
Named Person: Ferdinando, Grand-Duke of Tuscany; Christine, of Lorraine Grand Duchess consort of Ferdinand I Grand Duke of Tuscany; Girolamo Bargagli; Medici, Familie.; Girolamo Bargagli; Grossherzogin) Christine (Toskana; Medici, Familie.; Grossherzog Ferdinand (Toskana; Christine, of Lorraine Grand Duchess consort of Ferdinand I Grand Duke of Tuscany; Ferdinando, Grand-Duke of Tuscany
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Treadwell
ISBN: 9780253352187 0253352185
OCLC Number: 192045638
Description: xviii, 277 p., [28] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), music ; 25 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: The politics of dynasty --
The aesthetic of wonder --
Court intermedi at Florence --
Marshalling meraviglia : manipulating time, delineating space (Intermedio one) --
Scenic metamorphosis and musical warfare (Intermedi two and three) --
Diabolical bodies and monstrous machines : a cautionary tale (Intermedio four) --
Singing the marvelous (Intermedio five) --
"O what new wonder" (Intermedio six). Content of sound disc: Ò begli Anni del Oro / Francesco Corteccia (2:52) --
Dalle più alte sfere / Antonio and Vittoria Archilei (6:14) --
Belle ne fe natura (1:31) ; Chi dal delfino (1:40) ; Se nelle voci nostre (excerpt) (:49) ; O valoroso dio (1:31) / Luca Marenzio --
Io che dal Ciel / Giulio Caccini (2:12) --
Io che l'onde raffreno (2:14) ; E noi con questa bella diva (2:30) / Cristofano Malvezzi --
Godi turba mortal (1:36) ; O che nuovo miracolo (excerpt) (:41) / Emilio de' Cavalieri.
Series Title: Musical meaning and interpretation.; Music and the early modern imagination.
Responsibility: Nina Treadwell.
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