"Lockwood's Music in Renaissance Ferrara is one of the foundational studies of music as a part of courtly culture in the Renaissance--and of the surprisingly powerful role of the Este court in Ferrara in the development of musical style and institutions in the period."-Prof. Anthony Newcomb, University of California, Berkeley"Lewis Lockwood's magisterial study of music in 15th-century Ferrara was hailed as a classic as soon as it appeared. The winner of two best-book-of-the-year prizes (from both musicological and historical societies), it was in 1984 a pathbreaking historical study, a book on the music of a city and its ducal court. In the intervening generation, as studies of music and culture in Renaissance Italy have proliferated, the luster of Lockwood's achievement has only grown. Astonishing for the wealth of archival data and for Lockwood's characteristic interpretive virtuosity, Music in RenaissanceFerrara remains a stellar example of how to interweave history and the history of music."-Christopher Reynolds, Professor of Music, University of California, Davis
Based on extensive documentary and archival research, Music in Renaissance Ferrara is a study of the rise of music at a vital center of Italian Renaissance culture, focusing on the patrons and musicians whose efforts gave Ferrara a primary role in European music during the fifteenth century. The successive rulers of the Italian city-state, members of the Este dynasty, brought to Ferrara some of the most important composers of the period, including Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Martini, Jacob Obrecht, and Josquin Desprez. Moreover, Ferrara has long been famous as the seat of activity of three of the most important poets of the period - Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso - as well as for its school of painting and manuscript production and illumination. With Lewis Lockwood's Music in Renaissance Ferrara, the city-state steps forward as a major musical center as well. Winner of the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for its original 1985 edition, this current paperback edition of Music in Renaissance Ferrara features a new preface that re-introduces the book and reflects on its contribution to our modern knowledge of music in the culture of the Italian Renaissance.