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Music at Home: Spaces for Music in French Seventeenth-Century Residential Architecture

TAREK BERRADA

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/9780197265055.003.0018

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Music at Home: Spaces for Music in French Seventeenth-Century Residential Architecture

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Sources such as diaries, letters and inventories suggest that certain places were preferred for music-making during the seventeenth century: the great chamber for eating and dancing, the chamber and the cabinet for private concerts, and the gallery for great occasions. In the middle of the seventeenth century, the ballroom appears in some beautiful castles and town mansions, equipped with a balcony all around or a small loft to house musicians. During the same period, some people had a cabinet devoted to music. It is only during the second half of the century that we find precise terms such as ‘chamber for music’ at Chenonceau Castle or ‘music room’ as it appears in the well-known Parisian mansion of the duchesse de Guise. This evolution is naturally symptomatic of both the royal examples and the creation of multiple social circles, the so-called ‘salons’.

Keywords: France; seventeenth century; chamber; ballroom; music room; cabinet; salon

Chapter.  4465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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