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11 Court and Church Music in 14th- and 15th-Century Milan

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Many general histories discuss the fifteenth century as a period in which ideal conditions brought about a radical increase in musical activities, in Milan: the synergy between the church and the court in the creation of the Duomo's musical chapel would lead to the splendid flourishing of the ducal chapel founded by Galeazzo Maria Sforza. This chapter explores in some detail the preceding century as well, during which current musical historiography assigns a significant role to the musical patronage of the Visconti in Milan and Pavia. Following the custom of the day, in addition to his work as a church musician, Matteo da Perugia composed secular polyphonic works on French texts, and in this, he may be placed in line with the other aforementioned composers working with French texts and musical forms in Milan and Pavia under Visconti patronage.

Keywords: church musician; ducal chapel; Matteo da Perugia; Milan; Pavia



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