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Paolo Fabbri's Monteverdi, first published in Italian, is the leading study of the greatest composer of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy, rightly called the "father of modern music." A large number of contemporary documents, including some 130 of his own letters, offer rich insights into the composer and his times, also illuminating the many and varied contexts for music-making in the most important musical centers in Italy. This newly revised translation brings an indispensable text to a much broader readership.Read more
- A hugely important biographical study of Monteverdi
- No music examples in the text, but a lot of very interesting documentary material - letters etc.
- Translated by Tim Carter, himself a well-known musicologist and author of our opera handbook on Mozart's Figaro
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"...the best complete survey of the life and works of Claudio Monteverdi....[a] graceful translation....[a] splendid book..." Renaissance QuarterlySee more reviews
"With the publication of this book there now is available, pulled together in a single easily accessible and very readable source, the most up-to-date and fullest scholarly information on Claudio Monteverdi's life and the context of his work....The thoroughness of Fabbri's research produces fascinating insights into the opera's creation, it formal shaping, and even the Tuscan language of its libretto, so rich in classicizing allusions....Fabbri's excellent book lets the reader apprehend the true historical context in which Monteverdi created his extraordinary music." The Opera Quarterly
"The translation of Fabbri's exhaustive biography of Monteverdi helpfully fills a gap in the study of late Italian Renaissance music and early opera. ...this study makes itself an invaluable resource with its impressive array of documents and its meticulous chronicling of the known facts of Monteverdi's life." Sixteenth Century Journal
"...offers an abundance of information and insight and is the most useful single-volume chronicle available." V. J. Panetta, Choice
"The prospect of rereading Paolo Fabbri's study, this time in a revised English edition translated by Tim Carter, was one I very much relished....Fabbri manages to provide the most comprehensive picture to date of the composer's career as well as his reputation during his lifetime. The publishers and translator should certainly be applauded for their desire to make this enriched portrait available to a wider readership." Ellen Rosand, American Historical Review
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- Date Published: February 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511828805
- contains: 12 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Notes on Monteverdi's texts
Part I. Cremona:
1. Birth, family, surroundings
2. The Sacrae cantiunculae tribus vocibus (1582)
3. The Madrigali spirituali a quattro voci (1583)
4. The Canzonette a tre voci (1584)
5.The Madrigali a cinque voci … Libro primo (1587)
6. Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1590)
Part II. Mantua:
8. Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1592)
10. The dispute over the 'seconda pratica'
12. Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1603)
13. Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1605)
15. Orfeo (1607)
16. The Scherzi musicali a tre voci (1607)
17. The summer of 1607 and the death of Claudia Cattaneo Monteverdi
18. The 1608 festivities: Arianna, the prologue for L'Idropica, the Ballo delle ingrate
20. The 'Mass and Vespers of the Blessed Virgin' (1610)
21. 1610–1613: the death of Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Monteverdi's dismissal from Mantua, his move to Venice
Part III. Venice:
23. Il sesto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1614)
24. 1614–1619 25. Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (1619)
27. The Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda (1624)
29. Festivities in Parma, 1628
31. The Scherzi musicali (1632)
33. The Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi … Libro ottavo (1638)
34. The Selva morale e spirituale (1640–1641)
35. Opera in Venice
36. Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (1640)
38. La coronatione di Poppea (1643)
39. 1643: Monteverdi's death
40. The posthumous publications
Index of Monteverdi's works
Index of names.
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