Monteverdi and His Contemporaries

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-11-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This collection of reprinted essays takes the trends of the author's Music, Patronage and Printing in Late Renaissance Florence (also in the 'Variorum' series) in a somewhat different direction. If the focus there was primarily on archival documents, here it is on the actual music. The starting-point is similar - the rise of the 'new music' for solo voice and basso continuo in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Florence, in particular the songs of Giulio Caccini. But it moves on to broader aesthetic issues crystallized in contemporary theoretical debate and musical practice - not least the rise of aria-based styles - and concludes with a series of studies of Claudio Monteverdi's works for the theatre, including the operas Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (1640) and the ever-problematic L'incoronazione di Poppea (1643).

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgments xi
Music Publishing in Italy, c. 1580--c. 1625: Some Preliminary Observations
Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle 20. London, 1986--87
On the Compostion and Performance of Caccini's Le nuove musiche (1602)
Early Music 12. Oxford, 1984
Caccini's Amarilli, mia bella: Some Questions (and a Few Answers)
Journal of the Royal Musical Association 113. Oxford, 1988
New Songs for Old? Guarini and the Monody
Guarini: la musica, i musicisti, ed. Angelo Pompilio. Lucca, 1997
`An Air New and Grateful to the Ear': The Concept of Aria in Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Italy
Music Analysis 12. Oxford, 1993
Artusi, Monteverdi, and the Poetics of Modern Music
Musical Humanism and its Legacy: Essays in Honor of Claude V. Palisca, ed. N. K. Baker and B. R. Hanning. Stuyvesant, NY, 1992
`Sfogava con le stelle' Reconsidered: Some Thoughs on the Analysis of Monteverdi's Mantuan Madrigals
Claudio Monteverdi: studi e prospettive; atti del convegno, Mantova, 21--24 ottobre 1993, ed. P. Besutti, T. M. Gialdroni and R. Baroncini. Florence, 1998
Resemblance and Representation: Towards a New Aesthetic in the Music of Monteverdi
`Con che soavita': Studies in Italian Opera, Song and Dance, 1580--1740, ed. Iain Fenlon and Tim Carter. Oxford, 1995
Possente spirto: On Taming the Power of Music
Early Music 21. Oxford, 1993
Intriguing Laments: Sigismondo d'India, Claudio Monteverdi, and Dido alla parmigiana (1628)
Journal of the American Musicological Society 49. Chicago, 1996
`In Love's Harmonious Consort'? Penelope and the Interpretation of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Cambridge Opera Journal 5. Cambridge, 1993
Re-Reading Poppea: Some Thoughts on Music and Meaning in Monteverdi's Last Opera
Journal of the Royal Musical Association 122. Oxford, 1997
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