Institutions and patronage in Renaissance music

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Ashgate,, Farnham, p.xxxix, 576 p. : (2012)


0754629325 (hbk.) :

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16th century., History, Music patronage, To 1500.


All essays previously published.Formerly CIP.Includes bibliographical references and index.The practice and composition of music require patronage and institutional support, and they require it in a different fashion from that found in other forms of art. This collection of essays brings together the most recent and important contributions by leading scholars in the field to this crucial aspect of Renaissance musical culture. The articles approach the topic from a number of perspectives and consider the institutions and individuals engaged in supporting music; the systems of employment, benefices and sponsorship put in place to facilitate the support; and where, how and why music was sung and played. Taken together, these articles enable conclusions to be drawn about the interests of patrons and about the social and artistic status of musicians and composers within the courtly and urban context. - Publisher.Texts in English, German, and Italian, with English summaries as applicable.