Singing Poetry in Renaissance Florence
The Cantasi Come Tradition ca. 1375-1550
2009, cm 17 x 24, 294 pp. con es. mus. n.t. With CD-ROM.
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This is the first comprehensive study of the rich and distinctively Florentine tradition of cantasi come sources and practices. A CD-ROM accompanying the volume provides a wealth of information in searchable fields dedicated to song titles, poetic forms, poets, composers, sources, and bibliographic information. The study itself explores the patterns and trends that emerge from the database concerning the creation, dissemination and performance of poetry and music in Florence during a nearly 200-year period.
Blake Wilson is Professor of Music at Dickinson College (Pennsylvania). He is a former fellow of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. His research concerns the musical cultures of late medieval and Renaissance Italy. He is the author of Music & Merchants: the Laudesi Companies of Republican Florence (Oxford, 1992), an edition of the Florence Laudario (A-R Editions, 1995), and articles in the New Grove Dictionary, Journal of Musicology, Early Music History, Recercare, and the Rivista Italiana di Musicologia. He is currently at work on an edition of Heinrich Isaac’s music for Florence, and a study of Florentine improvisatory singing traditions.