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A sociable moment : opera and festive culture in baroque Siena

Author: Colleen Reardon
Publisher: New York Oxford University Press [2016] © 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After their military defeat by the Florentines in the mid-sixteenth century, the citizens of Siena turned from politics to celebratory, social occasions to express their civic identity and show their capacity for collective action. In the first major work of its kind, Colleen Reardon opens a window on the ways in which the Sienese absorbed the new genre of opera into their own festive apparatus and challenges the  Read more...
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Named Person: Chigi, Familie.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Colleen Reardon
ISBN: 9780190496302 0190496304
OCLC Number: 953418732
Description: xiii, 304 Seiten : Notenbeispiele
Responsibility: Colleen Reardon.

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A Sociable Moment is the first book to examine the rise of opera in Siena during the Baroque. It focuses both on opera as a manifestation of civic self-fashioning and sociability, especially in  Read more...

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