On May 2, 1589, the Medici court staged the most elaborate entertainment yet produced in Florence. The intermedii (interludes) performed during Girolamo Bargagli's comedy La pellegrina were the high point of a series of celebrations mobilized by the newly proclaimed Grand Duke of Florence—Ferdinando I de' Medici—for his wedding to Christine of Lorraine. These interludes were arguably the most well documented multimedia entertainment of the Medici principate. CD included.
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"...Treadwell examines the ways members of the Medici court deployed these new modes of artistic expression to further their own agendas. An accomplished performer, she also views the intermedii from the vantage points of the musicians whose energies, technical skills, and interpretive strategies made this event so memorable, and she factors in eye-witness accounts to produce something like an ethnography, thereby demonstrating the both the effects and limits of Medici control. A stunning scholarly achievement." --Susan McClary, University of California, Los Angeles
"Treadwell's approach is novel . . . and essential to understanding how a musical and dramatic entertainment could assume such an important role in defining Medicean power for both Florentines and outside visitors." --Massimo Ossi, Indiana UniversityAbout the Author:
Nina Treadwell is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work is informed by her experience as a performer on plucked-string instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and by her interest in gender studies.
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