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Honoring God and the CityMusic at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807$
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Jonathan Glixon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.001.0001

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The Scuole in Decline, 1650–1807

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Honoring God and the City
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Jonathan E. Glixon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.003.0007

This chapter is concerned with the final 150 years in the histories of the scuole grandi, from 1650 to 1807. During this period, for financial and political reasons, the confraternities limited their expenditures on music. They salaried fewer musicians, or less prestigious ones, or even none at all. Many eliminated ensembles of secular singers entirely, although several continued to employ ensembles of the violin family for processions. Supplying the music for masses and other events were now choirs of priests, in some cases, hired as needed, and in others — notably for the scuole of San Giovanni Evangelista and San Rocco — employed on a salaried basis (as were organists). One new occasion for music during this period was the Exposition of the Holy Sacrament; for which scuole, at times, hired musicians. Within a few years of the conquest of Venice by Napoleon, the scuole grandi were suppressed and their musical histories ended.

Keywords:   scuole grandi, string ensemble, organists, Exposition of the Holy Sacrament, Napoleon

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