Music and Patronage in the Court of René d’Anjou: Sacred and Secular Music in the Literary Program and Ceremonial

Music and Patronage in the Court of René d’Anjou: Sacred and Secular Music in the Literary Program and Ceremonial

By Paul Merkley
2017 | 414 + x pp. | 23 ills. | 978-0-86698-553-6 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 498 | $78 | £72 |

This study is based on newly recovered documentation pertaining to music and the patronage of music in the court of René d’Anjou, especially on the singers of his chapel. The book includes unpublished notarial records of Josquin Desprez and other musicians. These findings — some of which alter our assessment of musicians’ biographies and service, primary sources, and repertoire — are considered in the context the literary program, theatrical productions, visual culture, liturgical observance, and ceremonial of the court.