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Highlights from the music history of La Serenissima:
- Ottaviano Petrucci's numerous printed editions of mostly Franco-Flemish polyphony (1501-09) and tablatures (from 1509).
- The church music at St. Marks: Willaert 1527-62, his pupil Zarlino 1564-†1590, Merulo and the Gabrielis as organists, Monteverdi 1613-†1643.
- The start of public opera performances in 1637 (Teatro S. Cassiano); at the end of the century eight public theatres were active - composers: Monteverdi, Cavalli; later Legrenzi, Galuppi a.o.
- The Ospedali, charitable institutions for orphans and bastards with ample music training; the most renowned was the Pietà, where Vivaldi was teaching (1704-38).
The loss of independence (1797) went together with a decline of the unique music culture, although Venice continues to be one of Italy's leading music centres. Five Verdi premières, including Rigoletto and La Traviata.
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|A workshop or atelier for instruments or other music items.||Other occasional live music performances|
|A library or archive.||A concert hall or other place for live music.|
|A conservatory or music school.||A place where composers or musicians performed or were employed.|
|A house or building that is closed to the public.||A house or building that can be visited by the public.|
|A single monument.||Two or more monuments.|
|A museum.||Opera house or other place for music theatre performances.|
|A memorial or interesting organ.||A memorial tablet or stone.|
|A single grave.||Two or more graves.|