Book Series Epitome musical

Renaissance Music in the Slavic World

Marco Gurrieri, Vasco Zara (eds)

  • Pages: 304 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Illustrations:32 b/w
  • Language(s):English, French, Italian
  • Publication Year:2019

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58242-9
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Marco Gurrieri holds a Ph.D. in musicology and philological sciences from the University of Pavia – Cremona (Italy). Currently associate researcher at the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, he has published several musicological essays on Renaissance, Italian Seicento, and French and Italian opera. He is the author of Catalogue des fonds musicaux anciens conservés dans les Pays-de-la-Loire. Tome I – Angers (Paris 2017).

Vasco Zara is Maître de conférences at the Université de Bourgogne, researcher at the UMR 6298 ARTeHIS, and associated member of the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. Specialist in the relationship between music and architecture, he is the editor of the critical edition of René Ouvrard’s 1679 Architecture harmonique, ou l’application de la doctrine des proportions de la musique à l’architecture (Paris 2017), and has also co-edited Proportions. Science, musique, peinture et architecture (Turnhout 2011) and Daniele Barbaro 1514-1570. Vénitien, patricien, humaniste (Turnhout 2017).



In the essays collected in this volume, leading scholars from Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Poland, as well musicologists from Western Europe, take on the challenge of fulfilling a historiographical and cultural gap in music history by restoring the place of the countries of Central Europe that, as Milan Kundera put it succinctly, ‘vanished from the map of the West’.

The opportunity to consider ‘other’ renaissances enlarges the historiographical perspectives of Renaissance musicology, going beyond the traditional focus on the Franco-Flemish or Franco-Italian axis, and opens new scenarios on unexplored Renaissance music. What was it that happened on a cultural and musical level on the Dalmatian coast — influenced by the economic boost of a powerful Venice? The same question emerges when considering Habsburg Prague and its renewed, central role in the European political theatre, and as a reaffirmed capital that inaugurated a period of economic and cultural renaissance for the Bohemian Kingdom. How did the secularization process evolve in these territories, caught between the religion wars following the Counter-Reformation in the West, and the Turkish threat on the East? What peculiar features does the musical production of these territories reveal?

The preference accorded to the expression Renaissance Music is not to be intended as a shortcut. The intention of the contributing scholars is to focus on, and to handle independently, the endogenous cultural production without considering it only as a phenomenon of importation or as the mere imitation of an existing model. In this way, borders reveal a dialectical function in the context of musical Humanism, revealing here, maybe for the first time, an authentic European dimension.

The essays in this volume were undertaken within the framework of the European programme EACEA – Culture Programme 2007–2013 Aux confins de l’Humanisme musical: monde slave et culture méditerranéenne, developed between 2010 and 2012 by the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, the Matica Hrvastka – Ogranak Dubrovnik (Mediterranean Study Centre of Dubrovnik), the Univerzita Karlova v Praze, and the University of Palermo.


On Historical, Musicological and Cultural Borders in Renaissance Central Europe — Marco Gurrieri & Vasco Zara

The Tradition of Liturgical Polyphony on the Eastern Adriatic Coast — Hana Breko Kustura

The Reception of Marsilio Ficino’s Work in the Æsthetic and Political Philosophy of Nicolò Vito di Gozze — Grantley McDonald

Some Fragments on Renaissance Music in Dubrovnik — Ennio Stipčević

Lambert Courtoys the Elder – Flemish in Dubrovnik — Ivana Petravić

La mauresque sur scène et les contacts musico-théatraux entre l’Italie et la ville de Dubrovnik au XVIe siècle — Ivano Cavallini

The Jesuits for Society. The Soundscape of the Jesuits in post-Tridentine Silesia — Tomasz Jeż

Provenienza dei musicisti e rapporti di parentela alla corte dell’imperatore Rodolfo II d'Asburgo (1576–1612) — Michaela Žáčková Rossi

The Migration of Czech Musicians toward German Lands at the Turn of the Sixteenth-Century: The Study Case of Eusebius Bohemus — Marco Gurrieri

Twin Treatises on Music: Exploring Anglo-Bohemian Connections of Kepler and Fludd and their Struggle for ModernityElina G. Hamilton

Music in Between…: Sacred Songs in Bohemia, 1517–1618 — Erika Supria Honisch

Da pacem Domine: The Desire for Peace in Rudolfinian Music — Christian Thomas Leitmeier

Furor turcicus. The Turkish Threat and Musical Culture of the Czech Lands during the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries — Jan Baťa