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Italian Renaissance Music in the Archives of Mdina Cathedral, Malta

The history of Malta’s musical establishments before the 18th century is strongly characterised by the wholesale importing of music and musicians from Italy and Sicily. Contained in the Mdina Cathedral archives are 159 prints of 17th-century music originally published in Italy or Sicily. As the obtaining of these works can have been no small undertaking, those carrying out these purchases must surely have sought to acquire music of only the highest quality; furthermore, the condition of the material suggests that it was put to regular use in the cathedral, thus likely being an influence on the development of Maltese composition.

 

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