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The Music Room in Early Modern France and ItalySound, Space and Object$
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Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265055

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.001.0001

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Spaces for Musical Performance in the Este Court in Ferrara (c. 1440–1540)

Spaces for Musical Performance in the Este Court in Ferrara (c. 1440–1540)

(p.212) (p.213) 13 Spaces for Musical Performance in the Este Court in Ferrara (c. 1440–1540)
The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy


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The aim of this chapter is to identify the spaces most commonly used for musical performance in the residences of the court of Ferrara in the period between 1440 and 1540. Various types of musical performance accompanied court life during state and dynastic events, public and private festivities, banquets, religious services, theatrical representations and occasional entertainments within the private circles of the princes and rulers. Proceeding from the analysis of these events, it has been possible to identify certain locations – chapels, large halls, salotti, small chambers and studioli – in various spaces in the court residences, in which musical performances are known to have taken place. From this evidence, the chapter attempts to characterise the architecture of these rooms, as well as performance practices, the types of repertoire and other relevant details needed to paint the picture of the places used for music-making in these courtly settings.

Keywords:   court, Ferrara, music rooms, chapels, performance, theatre, festivities

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