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Honoring God and the CityMusic at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807$
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Jonathan Glixon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.001.0001

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SINGING PRAISES TO THE LORD

SINGING PRAISES TO THE LORD

The Early Use of Professional Musicians, 1445–1500

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(p.89) 4 SINGING PRAISES TO THE LORD
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Honoring God and the City
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Jonathan E. Glixon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.003.0004

This chapter examines the issue of paid singers of polyphony. First used in the middle of the 15th century, these men were also brothers of the scuole grandi for which they sang. They were paid relatively small fees for services at funerals and in processions, where laude were sung (these two tasks were sometimes assigned to different groups). These singers were not especially reliable, and discipline problems were common. In the 1490s, some scuole began to employ, on an occasional basis, professional singers from the chapel of San Marco. The question of repertory and the employment of wind and string instrument players and organists are also addressed.

Keywords:   scuole grandi, polyphony, laude, processions, lute, harp, lira, piffari, organ

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