The concerto delle donne was a group of professional female singers in
the late Renaissance court of Ferrara, Italy, renowned for their
technical and artistic virtuosity. The ensemble was founded by Alfonso
II, Duke of Ferrara, in 1580 and was active until the court was
dissolved in 1597. Giacomo Vincenti, a music publisher, praised the
women as "virtuose giovani" (virtuosic youths), echoing the sentiments
of contemporaneous diarists and commentators. The concerto delle donne
revolutionized the role of women in professional music, and continued
the tradition of the Este court as a musical center. Word of the
ladies' ensemble spread across Italy, inspiring imitations in the
powerful courts of the Medici and Orsini. The founding of the concerto
delle donne was the most important event in secular Italian music in
the late sixteenth century; the musical innovations established in the
court were important in the development of the madrigal, and
eventually the seconda pratica.
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