Andrew Dell'Antonio

in Listening as Spiritual Practice in Early Modern Italy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269293
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950108 | DOI:

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Lelio Guidiccioni explicitly expressed in his will that some of his most prized possession be made more widely available, both for the benefit and glory of the Barberini famiglia and for the edification of the spiritually minded virtuosi who would follow him. Unfortunately for Guidiccioni's potential legacy, Urban VIII Barberini died barely a year later of his death. The complex cultural apparatus established by the Barberini quickly unraveled. While the Barberini had built a strong alliance within the network of cardinal famiglie, they were outmaneuvered in the subsequent conclave. The Jesuit ascendancy that has been examined as central to new ways of thinking about “receptive agency” was also crucial to early modern France under the early Bourbons. The French nobility's resistance to Mazarin's Italophile cultural policy primarily under the political movement known as the Fronde is also well documented. The chapter is a continuing exploration of the “normalization” of musical listening as a path to aesthetic transport. It benefits from further consideration of how a seventeenth-century model of listening as spiritual practice may have provided a framework for the “sacralization” of musical experience in the centuries to come.

Keywords: Lelio Guidiccioni; Barberini famiglia; virtuosi; Urban VIII Barberini; Jesuit ascendancy; receptive agency; Mazarin's italophile cultural

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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