Cover

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pp. 1-1

Mary, Music, and Meditation

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pp. 2-3

Title

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-5

Dedication

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pp. 6-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This project is the result of a long-standing love affair with the city of Milan that began in 1989 when I spent the year there as a Rotary Foundation Scholar, and was partially driven by the opportunity to participate in the biennial international conference La musica e il sacro sponsored by the A.M.I.S.-Como ...

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Introduction: Marian Devotion and Meditation in Post-Tridentine Milan

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pp. 1-16

The coincidence of the famine of 1570 and the plague of 1576 with a sharp economic inflation that peaked in 1581 left the citizens of Post-Tridentine Milan feeling uneasy and prepared to engage with the mysteries of life after death in much the same way that many in the post-9/11 world were compelled to reengage with concepts of spirituality.2 ...

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Chapter 1: Venerating the Veil: The Madonna of Miracles at Santa Maria presso San Celso

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pp. 17-45

Directly south of the Duomo of Milan on the Corso Italia stands the imposing church of Santa Maria presso San Celso. One of the most popular pilgrimage sites in early modern Milan, Santa Maria presso San Celso is the home of the Madonna of Miracles, an image credited with healing numerous devotees of their infirmities ...

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Chapter 2: The Art of Lamenting: The Cult of the Madonna Addolorata at Santa Maria dei Servi

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pp. 46-68

In his 1612 colloquy over the tears shed by the Blessed Virgin upon the death of her son, the Servite theologian Arcangelo Ballotino exhorts his readers to consider not only the suffering of Christ but also that of his mother. Ballotino gives voice to the Virgin’s desire to perish with her son rather than endure the intense pain of watching him suffer, ...

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Chapter 3: Singing Before a Madonna on the Pilaster: The Society of the Ave Maria in Duomo

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pp. 69-81

Like the Madonna of Miracles at Santa Maria presso San Celso, the ancient cult of the Madonna del Pilone (the Madonna on the Pilaster), more commonly known among the congregants at the Duomo as the Ave Maria in Duomo, was a local one. It appears to have been entirely unrelated to the better-known cult of the same name in Torino, which dates to 29 April 1644. ...

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Chapter 4: Invoking the Mulier Fortis: The Confraternity of the Rosary

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pp. 82-107

For inhabitants of Post-Tridentine Italy, no instrument associated with the Blessed Virgin possessed more spiritual force than the Rosary. Also commonly known as the corona or garland, the Rosary was the primary means of accessing the intercessory power of Mary as Mulier Fortis, the virtuous woman who crushed the head of the proverbial serpent.1 ...

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Chapter 5: Clothed in the Sun and Standing on the Moon: Meditating Motherhood in the Cult of the Madonna del Parto

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pp. 108-142

In her seminal study Women of the Renaissance, Margaret L. King asserts that the lives of most Renaissance women were defined by motherhood.2 While women who nourished their own babies gave birth every twenty-four to thirty months, those who sent out their children to nurse conceived and brought children to term at an even faster rate.3 ...

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Epilogue: The Case of Santa Maria Segreta

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pp. 143-148

If Paolo Morigia was correct in observing that the city of Milan boasted at least forty-two Marian cults by 1594, then we have but begun to scratch the surface in understanding the role that Marian devotions played in the fabric of Post-Tridentine civic life there, and we yet have much to discover about the place of the numerous collections ...

Appendix A: Documents

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pp. 149-164

Appendix B: Pay Records for the Singers of the Ave Maria in Duomo

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pp. 165-171

Appendix C: Contents of Selected Collections

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pp. 172-185

Appendix D: Musical Examples

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pp. 186-296

Notes

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pp. 297-332

Bibliography

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pp. 333-344

Index

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pp. 345-355