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Wedding in Florence of Ferdinando I de' Medici and Christine of Lorraine. (Florence: 1589)
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Descrizione dell'apparato, e degl'intermedi. Fatti per la commedia rappresentata in Firenze nelle nozze de'serenissimi don Ferdinanco Medici, e madama Cristina di Loreno ... . (Florence, 1589)
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Title_page
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  Dedication To Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
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  Section "Proemio"
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  Theatre The "Gran Sala", built by Cosimo I de' Medici in the form of an amphitheatre and renovated for these performances, in which the play and intermedii were performed.
Section "Apparato"
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  Intermezzo Harmony descends singing the praises of the married couple; Necessity and her daughters, with a choir of Sirens, sing nuptial blessings.
Section "Intermedio primo"
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  Music A madrigal, with music by Emilio de'Cavalieri.
Song
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  Music A song by Ottavio Rinuccini, with music by Cristofano Malvezzi.
Song
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  Perspective Of the city of Pisa.
Section "Prospettiva"
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  Intermezzo The Pierides challenge the Muses to a contest of musical skill.
Section "Intermedio secondo"
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  Music A song with words by Ottavio Rinuccini and music by Luca Marenzio.
Song
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  Music With songs by Rinuccini and Marenzio.
Intermezzo Apollo slays the dragon that has threatened the citizens of Delos.
Section "Intermedio terzo"
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  Chariot Driven by a sorceress.
Intermezzo Prophecy of the Golden Age.
Music Songs by Giulio Caccini.
Section "Intermedio quarto"
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  Intermezzo Arion is rescued from death by a dolphin.
Music Songs by Rinuccini and Cristofano Malvezzi.
Section "Intermedio quinto"
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  Intermezzo The gods send harmony to earth.
Dance
Music
Section "Intermedio sesto"
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Festival details

Festival:
Wedding in Florence of Ferdinando I de' Medici and Christine of Lorraine.

Date:
1589

City:
Florence

Participants:
Ferdinando (Ferdinand) I de' Medici (1549-1609), Grand Duke of Tuscany
Christine (1565-1637), Duchess of Lorraine, m. Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany

Dynasty:
Lorraine, Medici

Notes:
The intermezzi were performed between the acts of Girolamo Bargagli's play La pellegrina which was staged in the Teatro Mediceo degli Uffizzi on the evening of May 2nd, 1589.

Performers/artisans:
Bardi, Giovanni de' (Organiser)
Buontalenti, Bernardo (Architect)
Francini, Lorenzo (Painter)
Rosselli, Francesco (Painter)
Cavalieri, Emilio de' (Composer)
Malvezzi, Cristofano (Composer)
Rinuccini, Ottavio (Poet)
Marenzio, Luca (Composer)
Caccini, Giulio (Composer)
Book details

Title:
Descrizione dell'apparato, e degl'intermedi. Fatti per la commedia rappresentata in Firenze nelle nozze de'serenissimi don Ferdinanco Medici, e madama Cristina di Loreno ... .

Names:
Rossi, Bastiano de' (Author)
Padovani, Antonio (Printer)

Published:
Florence, 1589

Shelfmark:
605.d.27.(4)

Dedicated to:
Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

Format:
[6], 72 pp. 4ยบ

References:
The wedding festivities and festival sources are described in detail by James M. Saslow in The Medici Wedding of 1589 (Yale University Press: New Haven and London, 1996). Watanabe No. 1223

Binding:
Nineteenth-century brown morocco.
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