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Author Rosand, Ellen.

Title Monteverdi's last operas : a Venetian trilogy / Ellen Rosand.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.1092 MONT/ROSA    DUE 03-10-19
Physical description xxiv, 447 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, music, facsimile ; 27 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-440) and index.
Contents 1. Orpheus in Venice -- Prologue -- A New Ulysses -- The Myth of Venice -- 2. Discoveries and Reception -- Scholarship -- Performance -- 3. Sources and Authenticity: Three Librettos -- Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria -- Le nozze d'Enea e Lavinia -- L'incoronazione di Poppea -- 4. Two Scores -- Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria -- L'incoronazione di Poppea -- 5. Ancients and Moderns -- A Question of Genre -- Five Acts or Three -- Modern Taste -- 6. 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 -- 7. Constructions of Character -- Shaping an Epic or Rewriting Penelope -- The Wily Hero -- Deepening a Psychological Drama -- 8. The Philosopher and the Parasite -- Heroic Pedant, Ambiguous Philosopher -- Tragic Buffoon -- Critics and Directors -- Music and Text -- Post Mortem -- App. 1. Giacomo Badoaro, Il ritorno d'Ulisse, Preface -- App. 2. Argomento et Scenario delle Nozze d'Enea in Lavinia -- App. 3. Giacomo Badoaro, Ulisse errante, Preface -- App. 4. L'incoronazione di Poppea: Argomento, Scenario, Preface -- App. 5. Il ritorno d'Ulisse: Badoaro's Argomento Compared with Dolce's Allegorie and Dolce's Argomenti Compared with Badoaro's Structure -- App. 6. Le nozze d'Enea e Lavinia: Scenario Compared with Dolce's Allegorie -- App. 7. Supernatural Scenes -- App. 8. Singers.
Summary "Considering Monteverdi's last operas as a triology 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 explain why his truest heirs are Handel, Mozart, and Verdi."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643. Operas.
Opera -- Italy -- 17th century.
ISBN 9780520249349 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520249348 (cloth : alk. paper)