Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice

Architecture, Music, Acoustics

Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti

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While composers of sacred music in 16th-century Venice were devising increasingly complex choral polyphony, Venetian architects began to develop new configurations of sacred space. This fascinating book explores the direct relationship between architectural design and sacred music in Renaissance Venice. Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti combine historical research into the architectural and liturgical traditions of a dozen Venetian churches with the results of a parallel series of scientific surveys and live choral experiments of the acoustic properties of the chosen buildings.

Deborah Howard is Professor of Architectural History, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Laura Moretti is Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History, Worcester College, Oxford.

'A wonderful book, a model of interdisciplinary study, and it will undoubtedly act as a stimulus for further such work on Venice's remarkable heritage.' — Paul Davies, The Art Newspaper

'Beautifully illustrated and packed with acoustical information…. Great credit is due to both authors and publisher for making this such a user-friendly book for the general reader.' — Noel O'Regan, Early Music

"Howard and Moretti conducted a critical analysis of the response of a modern audience—academic listeners whom they assembled as part of conferences devoted to the study of space and sound."—David Morgan, Cambridge University Press

"[S]urpasses recent publications in the field of acoustics . . . With Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice, Howard and Moretti have charted a new ground for research, one that will inspire generations of art historians, engineers, and musicologists."—Bissera V. Pentcheva, Art Bulletin

Received honorable mention for the 2009 PROSE Award in Music and Performing Arts, presented by The Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

Shortlisted for the 2010 Banister Fletcher Award, presented by the Authors' Club
ISBN: 9780300148749
Publication Date: February 16, 2010
256 pages, 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
100 b/w + 20 color illus.
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