Music and Wonder at the Medici Court

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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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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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Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Plates
Notes to the Reader
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
I. Medicean Theater: Aesthetic and Political Underpinnings
1. The Politics of Dynasty
2. The Aesthetic of Wonder
3. Court Intermedi at Florence
II. Readings: The Pellegrina Interludes in/as Performance
4. Marshalling meraviglia: Manipulating Time, Delineating Space (Intermedio One)
5. Scenic Metamorphosis and Musical Warfare (Intermedi Two and Three)
6. Diabolical Bodies and Monstrous Machines: A Cautionary Tale (Intermedio Four)
7. Singing the Marvelous (Intermedio V)
8. "O What New Wonder" (Intermedio Six)
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"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 University
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