The music of Claudio Monteverdi in the Basilica of Sant’Andrea in Mantua: new research

Licia Mari

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The Basilica of Sant’Andrea, along with the Palatine Basilica of S. Barbara and the Cathedral of S. Pietro, is one of the churches built in Mantua by the Gonzaga dukes to exert their influence and boast of their wealth, especially through luxurious celebrations. The article analyzes and compares some documents among the few still preserved – about the musicians, the building of a new organ, the ceremonies in the years between the end of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth – and a newly discovered sketch of the basilica, showing the position of the singers and of the authorities during one of the funeral rites for Vincenzo I Gonzaga, in 1612. More details have come out that allow us to better understand the musical life of the basilica and the involvement of Claudio Monteverdi, probably more frequent than surviving documents explicitly tell (e.g. his music for the Vespers for the Ascension Feast in 1611)
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)117-129
Numero di pagine13
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018
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  • Basilica of Sant’Andrea in Mantua
  • funeral mass
  • organ
  • sketch


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