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Paolo Fabbri's Monteverdi, first published in Italian, is the leading study of the greatest composer of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy, rightly called the father of modern music. A large number of contemporary documents, including some 130 of his own letters, offer rich insights into the composer and his times, also illuminating the many and varied contexts for music-making in the most important musical centers in Italy. This newly revised translation brings an indispensable text to a much broader readership.
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"...the best complete survey of the life and works of Claudio Monteverdi....[a] graceful translation....[a] splendid book..." Renaissance Quarterly

"With the publication of this book there now is available, pulled together in a single easily accessible and very readable source, the most up-to-date and fullest scholarly information on Claudio Monteverdi's life and the context of his work....The thoroughness of Fabbri's research produces fascinating insights into the opera's creation, it formal shaping, and even the Tuscan language of its libretto, so rich in classicizing allusions....Fabbri's excellent book lets the reader apprehend the true historical context in which Monteverdi created his extraordinary music." The Opera Quarterly

"The translation of Fabbri's exhaustive biography of Monteverdi helpfully fills a gap in the study of late Italian Renaissance music and early opera. ...this study makes itself an invaluable resource with its impressive array of documents and its meticulous chronicling of the known facts of Monteverdi's life." Sixteenth Century Journal

"...offers an abundance of information and insight and is the most useful single-volume chronicle available." V. J. Panetta, Choice

"The prospect of rereading Paolo Fabbri's study, this time in a revised English edition translated by Tim Carter, was one I very much relished....Fabbri manages to provide the most comprehensive picture to date of the composer's career as well as his reputation during his lifetime. The publishers and translator should certainly be applauded for their desire to make this enriched portrait available to a wider readership." Ellen Rosand, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521033350
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Monteverdi's texts
Introduction 1
I Cremona
1 Birth, family, surroundings 6
2 The Sacrae cantiunculae tribus vocibus 1582 10
3 The Madrigali spirituali a quattro voci 1583 12
4 The Canzonette a tre voci 1584 13
5 The Madrigali a cinque voci . . . Libro primo 1587 15
6 Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci 1590 19
II Mantua
7 Mantua 22
8 Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci 1592 27
9 1594-1599 29
10 The dispute over the 'seconda pratica' 34
11 1601-1604 52
12 Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci 1603 56
13 Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci 1605 59
14 1605-1607 62
15 Orfeo 1607 63
16 The Scherzi musicali a tre voci 1607 70
17 The summer of 1607 and the death of Claudia Cattaneo Monteverdi 74
18 The 1608 festivities: Arianna, the prologue for L'Idropica, the Ballo delle ingrate 77
19 1608-1609 100
20 The 'Mass and Vespers of the Blessed Virgin' 1610 109
21 1610-1613: the death of Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Monteverdi's dismissal from Mantua, his move to Venice 116
III Venice
22 Venice 126
23 Il sesto libro de madrigali a cinque voci 1614 138
24 1614-1619 141
25 Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali 1619 158
26 1619-1624 168
27 The Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda 1624 188
28 1624-1627 191
29 Festivities in Parma, 1628 206
30 1628-1632 220
31 The Scherzi musicali 1632 227
32 1633-1638 229
33 The Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi . . . Libro ottavo 1638 238
34 The Selva morale e spirituale 1640-1641 247
35 Opera in Venice 250
36 Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria 1640 251
37 1641-1642 253
38 La coronatione di Poppea 1643 259
39 1643: Monteverdi's death 265
40 The posthumous publications 269
Notes 275
Works cited 312
Index of Monteverdi's works 323
Index of names 337
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