Monteverdi: Vespers (1610) / Edition 1by John Whenham
Pub. Date: 09/28/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Monteverdi's Vespers is an exceptional collection of sacred music, both in the inventiveness of the compositions that it contains and in the debate that it has provoked over its use in the seventeenth century and over Monteverdi's intentions in publishing it. This handbook provides all the information that the reader needs for an in-depth appreciation of the musical settings themselves, of the debate that surrounds the original intention of the volume and of the problems of performing the music nowadays. The book includes the texts and plainsongs used by Monteverdi, and a discography.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The 1610 settings and the liturgy of Vespers; 3. The 1610 print and Monteverdi's career; 4. 'Suited to the chapels or chambers of princes'; 5. 'And all on a cantus firmus'; 6. Issues of performance; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Discography; Index.
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