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When is a Room a Music Room? Sounds, Spaces, and Objects in Non-courtly Italian Interiors

FLORA DENNIS

in The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265055
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

When is a Room a Music Room? Sounds, Spaces, and Objects in Non-courtly Italian Interiors

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Although never an easy feat, tracing the connections between sounds, spaces and objects becomes easier the higher up the social scale one goes in the Early Modern period. The survival of documentary and material evidence helps to identify musical repertories that were known to have been performed in specific spaces on particular instruments. Given the lack of comparative sources at lower social levels, is it possible to establish relationships between these three elements in non-courtly contexts? This chapter considers non-courtly ‘music-rooms’, addressing how practical material and conceptual motivations forged links between music and domestic space in this period. It goes on to examine broader, perhaps unexpected, connections between musical sound and the material culture of the Early Modern domestic interior.

Keywords: domestic interiors; music; inventories; musical instruments; music rooms; Italy

Chapter.  5491 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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