Spaces for Musical Performance in Seventeenth-Century Roman Residences


in The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy

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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 Seventeenth-Century Roman Residences

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This chapter investigates the locations and modes of musical performance in the residences of the nobility in seventeenth-century Rome, indicating the differences between this period and the Renaissance. In particular, instances of music-making in the courts of princes and cardinals are identified and described, in relation to considerations of etiquette, social conventions and anthropology. This research, based on first-hand documentary research in the archives of Roman noble families, has revealed unexpected locations for music-making, which cannot always be justified in terms of acoustic or aesthetic criteria. Particular attention is paid to the places where instruments were stored, as recorded in inventories, and their typology.

Keywords: nobility; Rome; seventeenth century; courts; cardinals; etiquette; music-making; music rooms; musical instruments

Chapter.  5973 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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