PUBLIC LECTURE: Music, Magic and Meraviglia: The Politics and Poetics of Festival in Medici Florence
|Music, Magic and Meraviglia: The Politics and Poetics of Festival in Medici Florence : A PMRG/CMEMS Public Lecture
The Florentine festival of 1539 has long been noted by scholars as an occasion of historical importance and prestige for the alliance it forged between the Houses of Medici and Habsburg. The musical, architectural and visual programmes for the festival have been understood to be representative of an overt political agenda, bolstering Tuscan and international relations. However, this talk reveals that reevaluating the place of emotions in musical theory and practice can enrich our understanding of the intricate relationship between music, magic and the affective practice of performing meraviglia on the early modern stage. To illustrate this relationship, the talk will draw upon a number of musico-theatrical interludes (composed by Francesco Corteccia and staged by Giovan Battista Strozzi) performed at the Palazzo Medici on 9 July 1539.
NB: This lecture will follow the Annual General Meeting of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (which begins at 6pm). Start time subject to slight variation.
This is a free event. All welcome.
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