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Intermedio [intromessa, introdutto, tramessa, tramezzo, intermezzo] (It.; Fr. intermède)locked

  • David Nutter


A form of musico-dramatic entertainment inserted between the acts of plays in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Intermedi were first performed at the court in Ferrara in the late 15th century between the acts of the ancient comedies of Titus Maccius Plautus and Terence and those of their humanist successors. Because these plays were divided into five acts four ...

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Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Acta musicologica
N. Pirrotta and E. Povoledo: Li due Orfei: da Poliziano a Monteverdi (Turin, 1969, enlarged 2/1975; Eng. trans., 1982, as Music and Theatre from Poliziano to Monteverdi)
International Musicological Society: Congress Report [1930-]
I. Fenlon: Music and Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Mantua (Cambridge, 1980-82)
Brussels, Conservatoire Royal, Bibliothèque, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Bibliotheek
Rassegna musicale
Analecta musicologica
A. Einstein: The Italian Madrigal (Princeton, NJ, 1949/R)
L. Allacci: Drammaturgia
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Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Rivista italiana di musicologia