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AN HONORABLE AND NECESSARY WORK

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/9780195134896.003.0009
AN HONORABLE AND NECESSARY WORK

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This chapter treats musical activities at the scuole piccole in the 17th century. Their patronal feasts remained important occasions for music, but other events also become significant. The Scuola dello Spirito Santo sponsored elaborate music for Pentecost, employing, among others, Francesco Cavalli and Antonio Lotti. Other scuole employed musicians for weekly compline services, monthly processions, and regular expositions of the Holy Sacrament. Services at the Fraterna Grande di Sant'Antonino included laude performed by the brothers. Many scuole, especially the parish-based Holy Sacrament confraternities, continued to build and maintain organs and employ organists. The Sovvegno di Santa Cecilia, founded by the singers of the city, organized an annual festivity that was one of the most elaborate in the city, with the participation of the entire chapel of San Marco and many others.

Keywords: patronal feast; Pentecost; Francesco Cavalli; Antonio Lotti; laude; organs; organists; St. Cecilia

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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