Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D'Accone

Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D'Accone

Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D'Accone

Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D'Accone

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In 1961 the Journal of the American Musicological Society published Frank D'Accone's first scholarly article, a documentary account of the singers of San Giovanni in Florence during the fifteenth century. Although studies of sources were then not entirely rare, this was a major event in the field of Renaissance musicology. The decades following World War II had spawned great interest in exploring the holdings of the great Italian libraries that had been closed to foreign scholars for many years--and the American careers in musicology of senior scholars such as Otto Gombosi, Edward Lowinsky, Walter Rubsamen, Oliver Strunk, and Nino Pirrotta, to name only a few of the most prominent, were strongly influencing a new generation of advanced students who were turning in this direction and developing strong ties to historical studies of the Italian Renaissance coupled with genuine musical and musicological credentials. A number of the scholars who came of age at that time have contributed to the present volume, which represents a well-earned tribute to Frank D'Accone for his lifetime accomplishments in Renaissance musicology.

Surprising as it might seem that so central a subject as Florence in the Renaissance could still be ripe for exploration, Frank D'Accone's early work went far to show that deep and

Lewis Lockwood, Professor of Music at Harvard University, has made significant contributions to our understanding of Renaissance music and Beethoven sources. His publications include Music in Renaissance Ferrara, 1400-1505 (Cambridge, Mass., 1984) and Beethoven: Studies in the Creative Process (Cambridge, Mass., 1992).

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