Holy Concord within Sacred Walls: Nuns and Music in Siena, by Colleen Reardon

By Colleen Reardon

This quantity examines musical tradition either in and out seventeenth-century Sienese convents. not like prior experiences of Italian convent track, this e-book attracts upon archival resources to reconstruct an ecclesiastical tradition that celebrated song internally and shared track freely with the group open air convent partitions. Colleen Reardon argues that cloistered ladies in Siena loved an important measure of freedom to have interaction in musical goals. The nuns produced a amazing physique of labor together with motets, lamentations, theatrical performs or even an opera. therefore, the convent turned a tremendous cultural heart in Siena that loved the aid and encouragement of its clergy and lay community.

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Maria degli Angeli (Santuccio) S. Maria Maddalena S. Marta S. Paolo S. Monaca Santissima Concezione Benedictine SS. Abbondio e Abbondanzio Capuchin Monastero delle Cappuccine Cistercian Monastero delle Trafisse Clarissan S. Petronilla S. Chiara S. Lorenzo S. Niccolo` Dominican S. Caterina del Paradiso S. Giacinto di Vita Eterna Franciscan S. Girolamo in Campansi S. Margherita in Castelvecchio Gesuate S. Sebastiano in Vallepiatta Olivetan Ognissanti Other Convertite (reformed prostitutes) Il Refugio (impoverished nobility) Est.

Girolamo, S. Margherita, S. Monaca, S. 2. Siena’s archbishops, 1529–1713 Francesco Bandini Ascanio I Piccolomini Francesco Maria Tarugi Camillo Borghesi Metello Bichi Alessandro Petrucci Ascanio II Piccolomini Celio Piccolomini Leonardo Marsili 1529–88 1588–97 1597–1607 1607–12 1612–15 1615–28 1628–71 1671–81 1682–1713 excuse that only servants left the convent. Women at all these houses regularly went out to beg for food and money in the streets of the city; their very survival depended on it.

In any case, the petitions speak to the havoc that both war and neglect wreaked on the convents of Siena and to the determination with which the nuns addressed the problems. It was during this period of rebuilding that Francesco Bossi came to assure the application of Tridentine directives at the city’s holy places; these included such eminent institutions as the Opera of the Cathedral and the hospital of S. 36 In Borromeo’s thumbnail sketch of Bossi we can, however, detect a certain disdain for the Perugian bishop’s tastes and lifestyle, which ran to delicate foods, singing birds, dogs with ornate collars, fine glassware, and instrumental music at table.

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