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Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters? – Venetian Nunneries and Their Music - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters?: Venetian Nunneries and Their Music

Jonathan E. Glixon


This book explores the musical world of the nuns of Venice and its lagoon, concentrating on the period from the sixteenth century to the fall of Venice around 1800. It looks at sacred music performed both by the nuns themselves and by professional musicians they employed. Following a historical introduction, the book considers the nuns as collective patrons, both of musical performances by professionals in their external churches, primarily for the annual feast of the patron saint, a notable attraction for both Venetians and foreign visitors, and of musical instruments, namely organs and bells ... More

Keywords: Venice, nuns, convents, nunneries, music, sacred, women musicians, organs, bells

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190259129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190259129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan E. Glixon, author
Professor of Music, University of Kentucky

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