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PROCESSION, VESPERS, SONGS, AND ORGAN

Jonathan E. Glixon

in Honoring God and the City

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195134896
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868049 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.003.0008
PROCESSION, VESPERS, SONGS, AND ORGAN

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This chapter discusses the earliest musical activities at the hundreds of smaller confraternities known as scuole piccole. It provides an overview of the variety of scuole piccole and their histories. As early as the 14th century, piffari appeared in the records of the scuole, and beginning in the 16th century, some began to spend considerable sums for singers and instrumentalists for their annual feast day, and occasionally for Holy Week. Some scuole, particularly the parish-based Holy Sacrament confraternities, built organs and employed organists. The confraternity of the Florentine community in Venice, unlike the other scuole, practiced communal singing of laude.

Keywords: piffari; patronal feast; Holy Week; organs; organists; laude

Chapter.  8691 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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