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City Culture and the Madrigal at Venice Hardcover – July 14, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (July 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520083148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520083141
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,182,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An extremely impressive achievement. . . . The book is overwhelming in its attention to both detail and the larger picture. It should have a tremendous impact on the field."—Susan McClary, author of Feminine Endings

"All future discussion of the Italian madrigal . . . will be profoundly indebted to Feldman's musical sensitivities and perceptiveness, to her wide reading in literary theory of the period, and to her extraordinary skill in making musical events palpable."—H. Colin Slim, editor of A Gift of Madrigals and Motets

"With this book Professor Feldman establishes herself as the leading authority on the subjects of the Venetian madrigal and of humanistic musical culture in 16th-century Venice. There is nothing of this scope and quality to be found in previous scholarly literature."—James Haar, author of Essays on Italian Poetry and Music in the Renaissance, 1350-1600

"This marvelously interdisciplinary book illuminates the social and intellectual mobility of sixteenth-century Venetian culture, its intricate weave of private and public civic identities, and the paradoxes and tensions of its quest for diversity and unprecedented fusion of rhetorical principles and expressive idioms in music, poetry, and the other arts. It offers an astounding wealth of information and insight for historians of ideas, literary specialists, and music historians."—William J. Kennedy, author of Authorizing Petrarch

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"An extremely impressive achievement. . . . The book is overwhelming in its attention to both detail and the larger picture. It should have a tremendous impact on the field." (Susan McClary, author of Feminine Endings)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Prange on August 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased and read this book as a part of a 16th century musicology course. I've had plenty of exposure to madrigals and italinate music in general, but had never considered what was going on sociologically or in other artistic diciplines during the formation of the madrigal before.

That being said, I thought the book had some parts that were clear and profound while other parts were slow. The book is very densely worded, and can take 1 or 2 additional passes before really grasping what she is trying to get across. That's why I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of five.

Hopefully that wouldn't keep you away from this book though, because there is much to be learned about how several distinct artistic diciplines and rituals of the day combined to form one of the most popular choral genres in history. It is an interesting story, and Feldman's arguements make a lot of sense. She doesn't skip any detail and spells everything out in a systematic approach.

Overall, Feldman creates a very complete argument about how and why the madrigal was able to form in Venice, and her book enabled me to learn more about a genre that I find to be very interesting.
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