As of July 2017, vol. XXIX of our yearbook will leave the printer’s press (180 pp., full color). For the benefit of our international readership as well as abstracting services we now provide English abstracts for each article.
Seven cutting-edge scholarly contributions cover a wide range of fascinating topics:
Ingrid Furniss & Stefan Hagel scrutinize aulos depictions within the mythical context of Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West, testifying to direct contact between Han-period China and the Hellenistic world. Elena Bugini offers a case study on Fra Damiano Zambelli’s set of inlaid wooden panels for the Bâtie d’Urfé, created in 1547–48, and its musical still-life scene. Biancamaria Brumana explores the extremely rare genre of musical graffiti contained within a fresco cycle from Castello di S. Gregorio near Assisi, and the concordances for a monophonic tune sketched therein. Francesco Zimei documents his discovery, in the frescoes of a small chapel at Gagliano Aterno (L’Aquila), of two hitherto unknown five-voice motets in perfectly readable partbook-like notation, composed on the Marian antiphons Ave Maria and Regina caeli, respectively. Two complementary contributions deal with Peter Paul Rubens: Nicoletta Guidobaldi explores the iconographic landscape of his time and the galaxy of ‘sonorous’ images in all its dimensions, symbols and meanings. Camilla Cavicchi by contrast focuses on Rubens’s travels to Italy as clues for a better understanding of his involvement in music. Finally, thanks to a close reading of Johann Nepomuk Della Croce’s famous ‘Mozart Family Portrait’ (1780/81), Eleonora Beck is able to identify the piece of music the siblings perform as the Sonata in D Major K. 381.