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Music in Golden-Age Florence, 1250-1750

Music in Golden-Age Florence, 1250-1750

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This double album accompanies the eponymous book by Anthony M. Cummings, Music in Golden-Age Florence, 1250-1750 (University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London 2023). They are designed to enable readers and listeners to enter the sound world of late-medieval and early-modern Florence. Despite the enviable place Florence occupies in the historical imagination, its music-historical importance is not as well-understood as it should be. Yet if Florence was the city of Dante Alighieri, Niccolò Machiavelli, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Galileo Galilei, it was also the birthplace of the Renaissance madrigal, opera, and the piano.

Our goal in assembling this set of recordings, which survey the principal surviving genres of music in Florence in the half-millennium between c. 1250 and c. 1750, was to provide a “virtual” evocation of the extraordinary musical culture of golden-age Florence, one of unsurpassed importance. Through the integration of the contents of the book and the CDs, and leveraging text, image, musical notation, and sound, we offer our listeners the possibility of a fascinating metaphoric time travel.

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: February 23, 2024

  • UPC: 4250128522069

  • Catalog Number: RAM2206

  • Label: Ramee

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Period: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque

  • Composer: Various

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: La Morra, Theatro dei Cervelli

  • Performer: Francesco Corti