Spaces for Musical Performance in the Este Court in Ferrara (<i>c</i>. 1440–1540)


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:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Spaces for Musical Performance in the Este Court in Ferrara (c. 1440–1540)

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The aim of this chapter is to identify the spaces most commonly used for musical performance in the residences of the court of Ferrara in the period between 1440 and 1540. Various types of musical performance accompanied court life during state and dynastic events, public and private festivities, banquets, religious services, theatrical representations and occasional entertainments within the private circles of the princes and rulers. Proceeding from the analysis of these events, it has been possible to identify certain locations – chapels, large halls, salotti, small chambers and studioli – in various spaces in the court residences, in which musical performances are known to have taken place. From this evidence, the chapter attempts to characterise the architecture of these rooms, as well as performance practices, the types of repertoire and other relevant details needed to paint the picture of the places used for music-making in these courtly settings.

Keywords: court; Ferrara; music rooms; chapels; performance; theatre; festivities

Chapter.  7749 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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