Monteverdi: Vespers (1610) / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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'John Whenham approaches his task with an appropriately passionate sobriety, his impeccable scholarship presents all the evidence … his speculations always command respect.' The Musical Times

'John Whenham gives an amazingly full, instructive and inspirational picture of The Vespers; this is something that can rarely be said of most manuals - this one, however, is the exception.' Canor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521459792
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The 1610 settings and the liturgy of Vespers 6
3 The 1610 print and Monteverdi's career 23
4 'Suited to the chapels or chambers of princes' 41
5 'And all on a cantus firmus' 60
6 Issues of performance 82
Performance with period instruments 85
Performance with solo voices 87
Instrumental accompaniment 89
Transposition 90
Tempo and proportions 91
Liturgical and concert performance 92
App. 1 Second Vespers for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (15 August) 95
App. 2 Plainsongs, texts and translations 100
Notes 121
Select bibliography 130
Discography 134
Index 137
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