IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 121: Music and Vernacular Literature at the Visconti Court

Monday 14 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Oliver Huck, Philosophische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Moderator/Chair:Reinhard Strohm, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Paper 121-aMusic for Luchino, Bernabò and Gian Galeazzo Visconti
(Language: English)
Oliver Huck, Philosophische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Index terms: Music
Paper 121-bForm and Function of Vernacular Literature
(Language: English)
Sandra Dieckmann, Philosophische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Index terms: Language and Literature - French/ Occitan, Language and Literature - Italian
Paper 121-cDevices and their Intertextuality
(Language: English)
Evelyn Arnrich, Philosophische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Index terms: Music
Abstract

Under the Visconti music and vernacular literature served as media for the representation of power and authority of the signore. The conditions of the Visconti court, its requirement for legitimation and the need of the Visconti to maintain their position lead to specific forms and genres of literature and music in which a strong French influence is visible. Under Luchino and Galeazzo II music was reserved for ceremonies and linked with courtly pleasures. The personal devices of Bernabò and Gian Galeazzo then permitted to allude to their owners, not only as far as their personal conception of their political role is concerned, but also by critisising them abroad, for example in Florence during its conflict with the Visconti.