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Introduction: Between Exoticism and Marginalization: New Approaches to Naples

ByMelissa Calaresu, Helen Hills

The Royal Chapel, the most important musical institution in Naples, began to organize its own musical archive only from the beginning of the eighteenth century. However, this important collection was lost during the Second World War. The most important collections of music to survive today in Naples come from the four music conservatories established during the seventeenth century, which were, in effect, the first public schools for music in Europe. This chapter offers a preliminary attempt to map the movements of Neapolitan music collections from Naples to their current locations in Montecassino, Bologna, Milan, London, Paris, Brussels, Dresden, Madrid, St Petersburg and many other locations. Religious institutions were also important deposits of music collections. The daughters of the Neapolitan aristocracy usually received a good music education. Once married or on entering a convent, they transferred their own music scores and instruments to their new home.