Opera in seventeenth-century Venice : the creation of a genre / Ellen Rosand.

Ellen Rosand shows how opera, born of courtly entertainment, took root in the special social and economic environment of seventeenth-century Venice and there developed the stylistic and aesthetic characteristics we recognize as opera today. With ninety-one music examples, most of them complete piece...

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Main Author: Rosand, Ellen.
Format: Book
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, [1991]
Series:Centennial book.
Table of Contents:
  • Far recitare un'opera a Venezia : origins and sources. Venetian foundations ; Monteverdi in the wings ; Orfeo and Poppea ; The documents of a history
  • Dramma per musica : the question of genre. The Accademia degli Incogniti ; Music and drama ; Dramatic structure : the unities ; Division into acts ; Chorus ; Modern taste and ethics ; Subject matter
  • Da rappresentare in musica : the rise of commercial opera. The beginning of competition ; The scenario and the libretto ; The teatro novissimo
  • La finta pazza : mirror of an audience
  • All'immortalità del nome di Venetia : the serenissima on stage. The myth of Venice ; The reality of Venice
  • La nausea di chi ascolta : the consequences of success. Making histories ; Giovanni Faustini, "librettist" ; Faustini's heirs ; Marco Faustini, impresario ; Marco's guerra dei teatri
  • I compositori scenici : librettist and composer. Collaborative talents ; Librettists' tribulations ; Composers' obligations
  • I più canori cigni e le suavissime sirene : the singers. The wages of singing ; The prima donna ; Primi uomini ed altre ; Singing and/or acting
  • Gran dicerie e canzonette : recitative and aria. The Florentine background ; Venetian conservatism ; Monteverdi and his collaborators ; Busenello and Cavalli ; Cavalli and Faustini ; Cavalli and Cicognini ; Cicognini's legacy
  • Il diletto : aria, drama, and the emergence of formal conventions. The bipartite aria ; Tripartite forms
  • Le convenienze teatrali : the conventions of dramma per musica. The comic aria ; The trumpet aria ; The music scene ; The love duet ; Sleep ; Invocation ; Madness
  • Il lamento : the fusion of music and drama. The recitative model ; The strophic lament ; The descending tetrachord : an emblem of lament ; The lament aria : variations on a theme
  • Il ritorno d'Orfeo : the decline of a tradition. Il volgo tumultuario ; In defense of decorum ; Ivanovich's history and criticism ; Tradition and revival
  • Appendix I : Librettos
  • Appendix II : Treatises, critical and historical accounts
  • Appendix III : Correspondence and documents.