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Monteverdi's Last Operas A Venetian Trilogy

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ISBN-10: 0520249348

ISBN-13: 9780520249349

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ellen Rosand

List price: $85.00
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Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was the first important composer of opera. This innovative study by one of the foremost experts on Monteverdi and seventeenth-century opera examines the composer's celebrated final works--Il ritorno d'Ulisse(1640) andL'incoronazione di Poppea(1642)--from a new perspective. Ellen Rosand considers these works not merely as a pair but as constituents of a trio, a Venetian trilogy that, Rosand argues, properly includes a third opera,Le nozze d'Enea(1641). Although its music has not survived, its chronological placement between the other two opens new prospects for better understanding all three, both in their specifically Venetian context and as the creations of an old master. A thorough review of manuscript and printed sources ofRitornoandPoppea,in conjunction with those of their erstwhile silent companion, offers new possibilities for resolving the questions of authenticity that have swirled around Monteverdi's last operas since their discovery in the late nineteenth century.Le nozze d'Eneaalso helps to explain the striking differences between the other two, casting new light on their contrasting moral ethos: the conflict between a world of emotional propriety and restraint and one of hedonistic abandon. Considering Monteverdi's last operas as a trilogy deepens our appreciation and understanding of his achievement, his unique exploration of the dramatic potential of the art itself, and his creation of character and refinement of plot. Rosand's original analysis and interpretation confirm Monteverdi's claim to a special place in the history of opera and explains why his truest heirs are Handel, Mozart, and Verdi.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/3/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 414
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Ellen Rosandis George A. Saden Professor of Music at Yale and author ofMonteverdi's Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Musical Examples
Editorial Procedure
Orpheus in Venice Prologue A New Ulysses The Myth of Venice
Discoveries and Reception Scholarship Performance
Sources and Authenticity: Three Librettos Il ritorno d'Ulisse Le nozze d'Enea L'incoronazione di Poppea
Two Scores Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria L'incoronazione di Poppea
Ancients and Moderns A Question of Genre Five Acts or Three Modern Taste
A Master of Three Servants Monteverdi's Way with Words Speech and Song, Recitative and Aria The Role of Meter Fashioning the "Just Lament": Arianna's Venetian Progeny Comedy
Constructions of Character Shaping an Epic or Rewriting Penelope The Wily Hero Deepening a Psychological Drama
The Parasite and the Philosopher Heroic Pedant, Ambiguous Philosopher Tragic Buffoon Directors and Critics Music and Text Post Mortem
Giacomo Badoaro, Il ritorno d'Ulisse, preface
Argomento et Scenario delle Nozze d'Enea in Lavinia
Giacomo Badoaro, Ulisse errante, preface
L'incoronazione di Poppea: argomento, scenario, preface
Il ritorno d'Ulisse: Badoaro's argomento compared with Dolce's Allegorie and Dolce's argomenti compared with Badoaro's structure
Le nozze d'Enea e Lavinia: scenario compared with Dolce's allegories
Supernatural scenes