Codici per cantare: I “Libroni” del Duomo nella Milano sforzesca

Conference date: 14 October 2016
Conference venue: Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy

The central object of investigation of this study day is the set of manuscripts held at the Archive of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano and usually known as the “Libroni” (big books). These manuscripts, copied from c.1490 under the direction of chapelmaster Franchino Gaffurio, contain a rich repertory of sacred music by such composers as Josquin des Prez, Loyset Compère, Gaspar van Weerbeke and Gaffurio himself. Thanks to the patronage of the Sforza dukes, from the 1470s Milan became one of Europe’s musical capitals. The four Libroni (the last of which was heavily damaged by a fire in 1906) are the only extant witnesses of the city’s contemporary musical repertory. Aim of the study day is to address the main open questions regarding the origin and use of the Libroni, to contextualize them both from the perspective of musicological studies and from that of other disciplines (liturgical studies, codicology, cultural history), and to further explore the repertory they contain.

The study day will include two special events:

– An exhibition of the Libroni at the Archive of the Veneranda Fabbrica, during which the ensemble Cantus Figuratus will perform motets by reading directly from the manuscripts.

– An evening concert at the Basilica of San Calimero, entirely dedicated to musical repertoire of the “Libroni”.

Organization: The Motet Cycles Project (lead by Agnese Pavanello, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland), in coperation with Università degli Studi di Milano; Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano; Associazione NOEMA.

Speakers: Daniele V. Filippi, Martina Pantarotto, Klaus Pietschmann, Edoardo Rossetti, Francesco Rocco Rossi, Thomas Schmidt, Daniele Torelli, don Norberto Valli, Marie Verstraete, Massimo Zaggia.

See http://www.motetcycles.com/study-day-10_2016.html for all the details.

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