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Politics of the Arts: Music

Prof. Rogerson's Duke in Venice summer program

Renaissance score

Renaissance score

Reference/ Background

Two good starting points for identifying composers, but remember to check the references and then find more authoritative sources:
List of Italian composers
from AllExperts (free Web), with links to brief biographical information
Wikipedia List of Italian composers

Oxford Music Online
Database covering all aspects of music, including composers, performers, other persons involved with music, terminology, musical genres and forms, orchestras, institutions, and cities and towns with significant musical traditions. It is international in scope, and covers both classical and popular music. 
portraits of musicians, images of instruments
pictures of opera houses, concert halls, etc.