Dealing with a complex king, this edited collection elucidates a monarch’s vision of Rome that deeply affected his political choices and cultural policy during the first half of the eighteenth-century. John V of Portugal became king in 1707 in a pivotal moment for the European balance of power. The Kingdom of Portugal was still demanding the same privileges as its powerful neighbours and the relation with Rome was considered a vehicle to obtain them. Arts and music had a special and unprecedented place in the king’s plans and this book approaches that dynamic from several interdisciplinary perspectives.
The unifying thread across this book’s chapters remains the omnipresence of Rome as a paradigm on several levels: political, religious, intellectual, artistic, and musical. Rather than providing an exhaustive analysis of the period as a whole, this study offers a fresh approach for English readers to this classic, but little known, topic in Portuguese national historiography.
‘This study […] constitutes a far richer and more subtle description of music in Lisbon at the time of King João V than what was previously available, and provides a broader and richer political and sociocultural context.’Translated from Spanish:‘Este estudio […] constituye una descripción mucho más completa y sutil de la música de Lisboa en la época del rey João V que la disponible hasta ahora y proporciona un contexto político y sociocultural más amplio y rico.’ David Cranmer, Cuadernos de música iberoamericana