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Orpheus in the Marketplace

Jacopo Peri and the Economy of Late Renaissance Florence

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$57.00 • £45.95 • €51.50

ISBN 9780674724648

Publication Date: 11/04/2013


496 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones, 19 line illustrations, 3 maps

I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History


  • List of Figures and Tables*
  • Preface
  • A Note on Money
  • A Note on Transcriptions
  • Introduction
    • The Story So Far
    • Sources and Documents
    • The Peri Archive
  • 1. The Social World
    • The Early Years before Marriage
    • The Family
      • Wives
      • Children (until Their Father’s Death)
    • Social Status
    • Networks
      • Finding Godparents
      • A Banker Patron (Giovambattista Michelozzi)
      • A Musical Patron (Jacopo Corsi)
  • 2. The Economic World
    • The Culture of the Marketplace
      • Accountancy
      • Banking
    • Investments and Employment
      • Cloth Industries
      • Bills of Exchange
      • Censi
      • Government Securities
      • Real Estate
    • Income and Shifting Investment Priorities
  • 3. The Musical World
    • Peri’s Early Career
    • Music at the Medici Court
      • The Medici Musical Establishment
      • Court Musical Entertainments
    • Peri as Court Musician
    • Peri as Singing Teacher
    • Altri Favori e Carezze
    • Peri’s Music
  • 4. Last Years, Death, and the End of the Line
    • A Final Reckoning
    • A Widow and Her Sons
  • Conclusion
    • The Economic Scene ca. 1600
    • The Musical Scene ca. 1600
    • Behind the Scenes
  • Appendixes
    • A. Chronology
    • B. Letters from Jacopo Peri
    • C. Catalogue of Peri’s Musical Works
    • D. Four Poems concerning Jacopo Peri
  • Works Cited
  • Index
  • * Figures and Tables
    • Figures
      • Genealogical Charts
        • I.1. The Medici grand dukes
        • 1.1. Genealogical chart (selective) of the Peri family
        • 1.3. Genealogical chart (selective) of the Fortunati family
        • 1.6. Genealogical chart (selective) of the Fortini and Monaldi families
      • Graph
        • 1.7. Comparative life spans of Jacopo Peri’s children by his third wife
      • Illustrations
        • Frontispiece: Peri as Arion in the fifth of the 1589 intermedi
        • 1.5. The present house at Via dei Fossi 19, where Jacopo Peri lived from 1596 until his death
        • 1.8. Peri coat of arms
        • 1.9. Portrait medal of Giovambattista Michelozzi, with the high altar of S. Spirito on the reverse
        • 1.10. Cristoforo Stati, Orfeo
        • 2.1. The rental account from Ledger A of Jacopo Peri (1582)
        • 3.1. Jacopo Peri’s ricordo of his trip to Rome, May–June 1616
        • 3.2. Jacopo Peri’s ricordo of his trip to Bologna, April 1616
        • 3.3. Title page of Jacopo Peri’s Euridice (Florence: Giorgio Marescotti, 1600[=1601])
        • 3.4. Title page of Giulio Caccini’s Euridice (Florence: Giorgio Marescotti, 1600)
        • 3.5. Title page of Jacopo Peri’s Le varie musiche (Florence: Cristofano Marescotti, 1609)
        • 3.6. Title page of Jacopo Peri’s Le varie musiche (Florence: Zanobi Pignoni, 1619)
        • 4.1. The modern plaque in S. Maria Novella, Florence, commemorating Jacopo Peri
        • 4.2. The modern plaque on the Palazzo Corsi (Via Tornabuoni, on the north side facing Via Corsi) commemorating the performance of Dafne in Jacopo Corsi’s vicine case (nearby houses)
        • A.1. Jacopo Peri, letter to Prince Ferdinando Gonzaga, 26 October 1607 (Letter 7)
        • A.2. Jacopo Peri, letter to Alessandro Striggio (the younger), 28 April 1620 (Letter 32)
        • A.3. Jacopo Peri, letter to Cardinal Francesco Barberini, 24 August 1630 (Letter 33)
      • Maps
        • 1.2. Stefano Bonsignori’s view of Florence (1584), showing places associated with Jacopo Peri
        • 1.4. Stefano Bonsignori’s view of Florence (1584): detail (edited) showing the approximate location of the house of Jacopo Peri in Via dei Fossi
        • 2.2. Map of Tuscany showing rural properties of Jacopo Peri
    • Tables
      • 1.1. State offices held by Jacopo Peri
      • 1.2. Godparents of Jacopo Peri’s children
      • 2.1. Investments of Jacopo Peri in the cloth industries
      • 2.2. Censi purchased by Jacopo Peri
      • 2.3. Real-estate acquisitions by Jacopo Peri
      • 2.4. Jacopo Peri’s principal investments
      • 2.5. Jacopo Peri’s annual income from selected sources
      • 2.6. Jacopo Peri’s income in 1630
      • 2.7. Jacopo Peri’s marketable assets in 1633
      • 2.8. Estimates of the value of Jacopo Peri’s properties
      • 3.1. Musicians on the Medici court roll in three sample years
      • 3.2. Entertainments at court in two sample years
      • 3.3. Entertainments for the visit of Cardinals Del Monte and Montalto, November–December 1602
      • 4.1. Jacopo Peri’s partition of income among his children in 1630

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