Jonathan E. Glixon

in Honoring God and the City

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195134896
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868049 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the religious rituals and ceremonies of the scuole grandi. The ceremonial calendars included the most important religious and civic-religious occasions of the Venetian year, some of which were celebrated with processions, often to Piazza San Marco. Each of these processions is considered in detail, including the routes taken by the brothers (with some maps). Poor brothers of each scuola were designated to carry candles, banners, and other ceremonial and symbolic objects. Each scuola also celebrated the annual feast day of its patron saint. The scuole also performed a simple mass each Sunday, and a more elaborate one each month. Performing for funerals of their brothers were vital functions performed by the scuole, each of which involved a procession from the home of the deceased to the place of burial.

Keywords: scuole grandi; processions; mass; vespers; funeral; ceremony; ritual; annual feast

Chapter.  17404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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