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The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi

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Anthony Pryer, Tim Carter, Geoffrey Chew, Roger Bowers, Paola Besutti, Massimo Ossi, Joachim Steinheuer, Jeffrey Kurtzman, Iain Fenlon, John Whenham, Ellen Rosand, Suzanne Cusick, Richard Wistreich
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  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521697989

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  • Claudio Monteverdi is one of the most important figures of 'early' music, a composer whose music speaks powerfully and directly to modern audiences. This book, first published in 2007, provides an authoritative treatment of Monteverdi and his music, complementing Paolo Fabbri's standard biography of the composer. Written by leading specialists in the field, it is aimed at students, performers and music-lovers in general and adds significantly to our understanding of Monteverdi's music, his life, and the contexts in which he worked. Chapters offering overviews of his output of sacred, secular and dramatic music are complemented by 'intermedi', in which contributors examine individual works, or sections of works in detail. The book draws extensively on Monteverdi's letters and includes a select discography/videography and a complete list of Monteverdi's works together with an index of first lines and titles.

    • Covers all the genres in which Monteverdi worked and includes detailed analyses of individual works
    • Important biographical and contextual studies assist the reader in placing Monteverdi's music within the culture and institutions of his time
    • Includes a complete list of Monteverdi's work, and a first-line index
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    "One can hardly imagine a more satisfactory book dealing with the life, works, and cultural environment of Montverdi, a composer whose genius is now properly celebrated in both print and performance. In contrast to stitched-together collections of essays written in ghastly prose full of unreadable jargon, this is the real thing. The contributors are the right one, experts all; their writing is clear and pleasing...the topics are well chosen; and the essays are rich in detail--the whole is the very model of how to present the best contemporary scholarship to a wide audience. ...All will delight in chapters that illuminate late Renaissance/early Baroque musical life and cultures while integrating an understanding of what "culture" meant then (and now) and discussing Monteverdi's life and works. Particularly fascinating are the chapters on 'spaces for music in late Renaissance Mangua,' 'Monteverdi in performance' (historically and recently), and 'Monteverdi studies and 'new' musicologies.' --Choice

    "Readers of The Opera Journal might well find the Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi most directly useful for its chapters on the composer's operas and for its treatment of other dramatic works by the composer."
    --The Opera Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521697989
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 53 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Approaching Monteverdi: his cultures and ours Anthony Pryer
    2. Musical sources Tim Carter
    3. A model musical education: Monteverdi's early works Geoffrey Chew
    Intermedio I: 'Ecco mormorar l'onde' (1590) Geoffrey Chew
    4. Monteverdi at Mantua 1590–1612 Roger Bowers
    5. Spaces for music in late Renaissance Mantua Paola Besutti
    6. The Mantuan madrigals and Scherzi musicali Massimo Ossi
    Intermedio II: 'Ahi come a un vago sol cortese giro' (1605) Massimo Ossi
    7. Orfeo (1607) Joachim Steinheuer
    8. The Mantuan sacred music Jeffrey Kurtzman
    Intermedio III: 'Laetatus sum' (1610) Jeffrey Kurtzman
    9. Music in Monteverdi's Venice Iain Fenlon
    10. The Venetian secular music Tim Carter
    Intermedio IV: Lamento della Ninfa (1638) Tim Carter
    11. The Venetian sacred music John Whenham
    Intermedio V: Magnificat SV281 (1641) John Whenham
    12. Monteverdi's late operas Ellen Rosand
    Intermedio VI: Il ritorno d'Ulisse (1640), Act V, scene 10 Ellen Rosand
    13. Monteverdi studies and 'new' musicologies Suzanne Cusick
    14. Monteverdi in performance Richard Wistreich
    Selected discography Richard Wistreich
    The works of Monteverdi: catalogue and index John Whenham
    Index of titles and first lines.

  • Editors

    John Whenham, University of Birmingham
    John Whenham is Professor of Music History and Head of the Department of Music, University of Birmingham.

    Richard Wistreich, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    Richard Wistreich is Senior Lecturer and Head of Performance at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University.


    Anthony Pryer, Tim Carter, Geoffrey Chew, Roger Bowers, Paola Besutti, Massimo Ossi, Joachim Steinheuer, Jeffrey Kurtzman, Iain Fenlon, John Whenham, Ellen Rosand, Suzanne Cusick, Richard Wistreich

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