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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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PROCESSION, VESPERS, SONGS, AND ORGAN

PROCESSION, VESPERS, SONGS, AND ORGAN

The Scuole Piccole and Music to 1600

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(p.195) 8 PROCESSION, VESPERS, SONGS, AND ORGAN
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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/9780195134896.003.0008

This chapter discusses the earliest musical activities at the hundreds of smaller confraternities known as scuole piccole. It provides an overview of the variety of scuole piccole and their histories. As early as the 14th century, piffari appeared in the records of the scuole, and beginning in the 16th century, some began to spend considerable sums for singers and instrumentalists for their annual feast day, and occasionally for Holy Week. Some scuole, particularly the parish-based Holy Sacrament confraternities, built organs and employed organists. The confraternity of the Florentine community in Venice, unlike the other scuole, practiced communal singing of laude.

Keywords:   piffari, patronal feast, Holy Week, organs, organists, laude

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