MUSI 2004/3005 Music at the North Italian Courts

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Semester 1, 2003/4

This course investigates the music of the courts in Renaissance northern Italy (Ferrara, Mantua, Parma and Florence), with specific reference to genre and performance practices within the various performing contexts - public, private, sacred and secular - found in the court environment.  Both instrumental and vocal music are included.  A variety of musicological investigations will be used to help elucidate the repertoire, including mapping the repertoire against historical events and social contexts, word/music relations, gender issues, consideration of humanist musical aesthetics and the investigation of the development of performance practices and their influence on the transmitted repertoire.