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  • adjective Of, or from, Mantua
  • noun Someone from Mantua.
  • proper noun The dialect of Lombard spoken around Mantua.


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  • While the Mantuan court might be characterized as somewhat Counter-Reformation in spirit Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga was both austere and devout, Ferrara under Duke Alfonso II d'Este was the opposite.

    Archive 2009-06-01 Lu 2009

  • This must have been one of Wert's last major involvements in the artistic life of the Mantuan court.

    Archive 2009-06-01 Lu 2009

  • In January 1568, for example, he was in Novellara to prepare the music and rehearse singers and instrumentalists for an intermedio to accompany a comedy written for the marriage of Alfonso Gonzaga to Vittoria di Capua; among the other artists involved were the Mantuan choreographer Leone de' Sommi with whom he was to work again, notably in preparations for an aborted performance of Guarini's Il pastor fido, at Mantua, in 1591–2.

    Archive 2009-06-01 Lu 2009

  • I found myself in the Mantuan court alright, but 200 years too early.

    Archive 2009-04-01 Hels 2009

  • The first known fact about him, attested to by his contemporary and earliest biographer, Samuel Quickelberg, is that at about the age of 12 he entered the service of Ferrante Gonzaga, a cadet of the Mantuan ducal house and a general in the service of Charles V. Gonzaga was in the Low Countries in summer 1544; when he headed south the boy Lassus presumably accompanied him.

    Archive 2009-06-01 Lu 2009

  • The pieces of the eighth book show the virtuoso upper lines and separation of upper and lower voices into separate blocks that would become the hallmark of madrigals written for the concerto delle dame, much copied by other composers working in the Mantuan–Ferrarese orbit during the 1580s and 90s, including Benedetto Pallavicino and Claudio Monteverdi.

    Archive 2009-06-01 Lu 2009

  • After the marriage of Duke Guglielmo's daughter, Margherita Gonzaga, to Duke Alfonso in 1579, the ties between the Mantuan and Ferrarese courts were strengthened even further.

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  • I found myself in the Mantuan court alright, but 200 years too early.

    The Princess of Mantua, by Marie Ferranti Hels 2009

  • Faustus, in [5365] Mantuan, took no pleasure in anything he did,

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • The Mantuan collection had cost him just over twenty-five thousand pounds, the Rubens ceiling had a price tag of three thousand.

    The Dragon’s Trail Joanna Pitman 2006


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