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  • Date Published: February 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033350

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  • This book, originally published in Italian, is a leading biographical study of the greatest composer of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy. Monteverdi's contribution to secular, sacred and theatrical music in the period was unparalleled: his madrigals, church music and operas remain very much alive today. 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 centres in Italy. Fabbri uses these documents and other sources to present a rich narrative focusing on a composer who has perhaps rightly been called the 'father of modern music'. This translation brings an indispensable text to a much broader readership, providing a vivid picture of a fascinating period in music history.

    • 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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    'Highly original biography … an invaluable guide.' Classical Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033350
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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:
    7. Mantua
    8. Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1592)
    9. 1594–1599
    10. The dispute over the 'seconda pratica'
    11. 1601–1604
    12. Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1603)
    13. Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1605)
    14. 1605–1607
    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
    19. 1608–1609
    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:
    22. Venice
    23. Il sesto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1614)
    24. 1614–1619 25. Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (1619)
    26. 1619–1624
    27. The Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda (1624)
    28. 1624–1627
    29. Festivities in Parma, 1628
    30. 1628–1632
    31. The Scherzi musicali (1632)
    32. 1633–1638
    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)
    37. 1641–1642
    38. La coronatione di Poppea (1643)
    39. 1643: Monteverdi's death
    40. The posthumous publications
    Works cited
    Index of Monteverdi's works
    Index of names.

  • Author

    Paolo Fabbri


    Tim Carter

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