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The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy: Sound, Space and Object

Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti


This book investigates the use of secular space for music-making in Early Modern France and Italy. This era is remarkable for the growing importance of music in domestic life, ranging from elaborate court festivities to family recreation. In parallel with the emergence of the theatre as a separate building type, music-making in elite circles became more specialised through the employment of paid musicians, as opposed to amateur participation by the inhabitants and their guests. Meanwhile, however, music printing and the mass-production of instruments, especially lutes, allowed music-making to ... More

Keywords: France, Italy, Early Modern, music, architecture, acoustics, court culture, theatre, musical instruments, recreation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265055
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Howard, editor
Professor Architectural History and Fellow of St John's College, University of Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy

Laura Moretti, editor
Lecturer in Art History, School of Art History, University of St Andrews

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Part I The Visual Dimension

Part II The Spatial Dimension

Part III The Aural Dimension

Part IV The Intellectual Dimension

Part V Courtly Contexts

Part VI The Development of Purpose-Built Spaces for Music

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