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Music and the Making of Medieval Venice

Jamie L. Reuland

Music played an essential part in raising the city of Venice and in founding the empire on which its fortunes would depend. This book focuses on a set of musical projects - played out in liturgy and civic ritual - that formed the city's history and framed and interpreted its unique material culture as it was in the process of taking shape. Jamie L. Reuland shows the state's most imaginative musical endeavors bound up with legal culture, stemming from the chancery's engines of historiography, or situated within the rich material environment of relics and reliquaries, mosaics and wall paintings, icons and statues. Arguing for music's technical ability to fabricate a sense of place and give form to history, Reuland recovers Venice's fascinating early propensity for a statecraft of the imagination, the consequences of which would be the better-known history of its material decay.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 26th, 2023
  • Pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.61in - 6.69in - 0.69in - 1.50lb
  • EAN: 9781009425025
  • Categories: History & Criticism - GeneralGenres & Styles - International

About the Author

Reuland, Jamie L.: - Jamie L. Reuland is Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton University. Her work on the intellectual and social history of medieval music has been supported by the ACLS, Fulbright Foundation in Greece, Medieval Academy of America, and Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Previously, Reuland was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University.
Praise for this book
'This is one of the most important and original books in medieval studies to appear in recent years. The history of music in Venice in the period from 1200 to 1400 has remained relatively unexplored until now. Reuland's discoveries show just how important a role music played in the political and colonial development of the city. The beautifully written book will be of equal interest to musicologists, historians, and art historians. A major tour de force.' Anna Maria Busse Berger, University of California, Davis