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Instrumentalists and Renaissance Culture, 1420–1600

Players of Function and Fantasy

  • Author: Coelho, Victor
  • Author: Polk, Keith
a rich and variegated picture of how instrumentalists created, functioned, and lived. Specific case studies of individual Renaissance instrumentalists and events serve to illustrate trends in... More…



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  • Prologue: the culture of Renaissance instrumental music
  • 1. Renaissance instrumental music and its patrons
  • 2. A source-based history of Renaissance instrumental music
  • 3. The players
  • 4. Instrumental music for celebration and ceremony
  • 5. The instrumentalist's workshop: pedagogy, intabulation, and compositional process
  • 6. Renaissance instruments: images and realities
  • Epilogue.