Urban Spectacle in Republican Milan: Pubbliche Feste at the Turn of the nineteenth Century

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At the turn of the nineteenth century, Lombardy and its capital Milan lived through a season of intense social and political change, especially in the passage between Austrian Monarchy and Napoleonic republics (1796-1799, and 1800-1802). While affecting cultural production on all levels, this passage occasioned a significant change in terms of public celebration, with republican festivals and other celebratory occasions coming from revolutionary France being reframed amongst Milanese specificities. After establishing a solid historical and aesthetic background to Lombardy in this delicate period, to the revolutionary models and to the Milanese substrate, this Element aims at reconstructing and describing the main features of the French republican festivals in Milan, and their impact on the city's landscape, soundscape and self-representation. It will also conclude by offering some reflections on these events' consequences on the following century's patriotism/nationalism and cultural production, reinstating them as an interesting, albeit forgotten case study.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages75
ISBN (Electronic)9781108981422
ISBN (Print)9781108986779
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Elements - Music and the City
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN (Print)2633-3872
ISSN (Electronic)2633-3880


  • public celebration
  • republican festivals
  • urban soundscape
  • urban landscape
  • Milan


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