Musica e società in Umbria tra Medioevo e Rinascimento
387 p., + ill., 210 x 260 mm, 1999
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This volume, which also draws on novel methodologies of
interdisciplinary research and sociological analysis, is an
important contribution to our knowledge of medieval and renaissance
music in the main towns of Umbria (Assisi, Perugia, Foligno,
Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto, Città di Castello, Gubbio, Gualdo
Tadino and Spello) - a broad and complex phenomenon that has only
recently been reconstructed in any detail. Within this highly
composite geographical area, loosely held together by the Church,
the study outlines the historical development of musical patronage,
examines the role played by individual personalities, institutions
and musicians and establishes possible links between these various
sources (including abundant iconographical material and
contemporary chronicles), this valuable survey focuses specifically
on the development of patronage among the more important families,
the splendour of certain cathedral chapels, the foundation of
academies, the promotion of musical composition and the musicians'
labour market. As such it offers a wide-ranging vision that greatly
enriches our knowledge of the history of Umbria.