Monteverdi and His Contemporaries (Variorum Collected Studies CS 690)
By: Tim Carter (author)Hardback
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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).
Tim Carter, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Contents: Introduction; Music publishing in Italy, c.1580-c.1625: some preliminary observations; On the composition and performance of Caccini's Le nuove musiche (1602); Caccini's Amarilli, mia bella: some questions (and a few answers); New songs for old? Guarini and the monody; 'An air new and grateful to the ear': the concept of aria in late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy; Artusi, Monteverdi, and the poetics of modern music; 'Sfogava con le stelle' reconsidered: some thoughts on the analysis of Monteverdi's Mantuan Madrigals; Resemblance and representation: towards a new aesthetic in the music of Monteverdi; Possente spirto: on taming the power of music; Intriguing laments: Sigismondo d'India, Claudio Monteverdi, and Dido alla parmigiana (1628); 'In Love's harmonious consort'? Penelope and the interpretation of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria; Re-reading Poppea: some thoughts on music and meaning in Monteverdi's last opera; Index.
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