[Epub] ➟ Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court: Music and the Circulation of Power (Women in Culture and Society Series) Author Suzanne G. Cusick – Sharkmotorcyclehelmets.co.uk

A Contemporary Of Shakespeare And Monteverdi, And A Colleague Of Galileo And Artemisia Gentileschi At The Medici Court, Francesca Caccini Was A Dominant Figure Of Musical Life There For Thirty Years Dazzling Listeners With The Transformative Power Of Her Performances And The Sparkling Wit Of The Music She Composed For Than A Dozen Court Theatricals, Caccini Is Best Remembered Today As The First Woman To Have Composed Opera Francesca Caccini At The Medici Court Reveals, For The First Time, How This Multitalented Composer Established A Fully Professional Musical Career At A Time When Virtually No Other Women Were Able To Achieve Comparable SuccessSuzanne Cusick Argues That Caccini S Career Depended On The Usefulness Of Her Talents To The Political Agenda Of Grand Duchess Christine De Lorraine, Tuscany S De Facto Regent FromToDrawing On Classical And Feminist Theory, Cusick Shows How The Music Caccini Made For The Medici Court Sustained The Culture That Enabled Christine S Power, Thereby Also Supporting The Sexual And Political Aims Of Its Women A CD Of Rare Recorded Samples Of Caccini S Oeuvre, Specially Prepared, Further Enhances This Long Awaited Study In Bringing Caccini S Surprising Story So Vividly To Life, Cusick Ultimately Illuminates How Music Making Functioned In Early Modern Italy As A Significant Medium For The Circulation Of Power

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  1. says:

    Cusick s marvelous book concerns Francesca Caccini, a seventeenth century singer and composer at the Medici court Caccini was one of the chief musicians at the court during the early 1600s not only did she give many performances, she also composed many vocal works and an important theatrical production, La liberazione di Ruggierio She also acted as a kind of music director and taught.Cusick examines Caccini s life and work, illuminating how she helped express and promote the court s power, and how she navigated those channels of power in her professional and private life Caccini s music was both an artistic expression of emotion and beauty and a vehicle through which her patrons demonstrated their power Cusick deftly shows this through discussion of the context and circumstances of Caccini s work and through musical analysis of individual pieces Cusick also thus provides a very detailed and fascinating look at how music and musicians functioned in late Renaissance Italian courts, the private and public roles they fulfilled, and how they fashioned their lives.Cusick s prose and arguments both flow extremely well, making this a book that is both highly intellectual and eminently readable The balance between musical analysis and cultural information is nigh perfect Cusick does a very good job of evoking the world of seventeenth century Florence, too, such that this book was as immersive as many novels Best of all, the book comes with a CD of Caccini s music, most of which is discussed in the text.

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    780.92 C986 2015