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Music in Renaissance Ferrara 1400–1505The Creation of a Musical Center in the Fifteenth Century$
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Lewis Lockwood

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378276.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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Music in Renaissance Ferrara 1400–1505
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Lewis Lockwood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378276.003.0029

This book has traced the main stages of a complex process that changed the nature of music over several generations in the history of Ferrara in the fifteenth century. Perceived more broadly, it presents a detailed account of some of the operative factors in both music and in patronage that contribute to much larger patterns of change. It deals with the transformation of an established culture from a condition one can call “pre-musical” to one in which art-music had achieved the status of a major cultural resource. Formerly an occasional pastime, secular music had become a wide-ranging form of expression comprising a plurality of styles and means of performance. Sacred music had become under Ercole a true expression of his role as Christian prince, living in an ambience of intensified piety and enriching many of the major liturgical and devotional occasions of his life.

Keywords:   Ercole, sacred music, Ferrara, art-music

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