The Letters of Claudio Monteverdi

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $45.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 76%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $45.00   
  • New (2) from $154.78   
  • Used (5) from $45.00   

More About This Textbook


This, the fullest edition of Monteverdi's letters, makes every known letter available in English translation. The 126 letters date from the last forty-two years of Monteverdi's career, giving an unrivalled picture of the life of a busy composer working in Mantua, Venice and Parma at one of the most exciting and crucial periods in the history of music. Besides correcting the numerous errors of transcription in previous editions, Professsor Stevens has taken special care in his translations to be faithful to the rhythms and the arched symmetry of Monteverdi's prose. The biographical and historical material he has brought to light is incorporated into the extensive commentaries which introduce each letter. The book as a whole is a magnificent scholarly achievement and an indispensable source of information for the composer's life and music.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521235914
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1980
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Synoptic table of letters; List of illustrations; Map of Venice; Preface; Introduction; Letters and commentaries; Bibliography; List of works by Monteverdi mentioned in the letters and commentaries; General index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)