Monteverdi’s Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy

Monteverdi’s Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy

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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 worksa€”Il ritorno d'Ulisse (1640) and L'incoronazione di Poppea (1642)a€”from a new perspective. Ellen Rosand considers these works as not merely a pair but 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 operas 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 of Ritorno and Poppea, 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'Enea also 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.In transcriptions from // ritorno da#39;Ulisse and La#39;incoronazione di Poppea, I have used the editions of Alan Curtis and Jane Glover as well as the manuscript sources. Bass figures are provided only where the harmony is ambiguous, whether or not they are included in the sources. For reasons of ... of the final accent. The free mixture of seven- (settenario) and eleven-syllable lines ( endecasillabo) known as V.

Title:Monteverdi’s Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy
Author: Ellen Rosand
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2007-12-03

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