Monteverdi's Tonal Language

Monteverdi's Tonal Language

by Eric Thomas Chafe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0028704959

ISBN-13: 9780028704951

Pub. Date: 09/01/1992

Publisher: Cengage Gale

Claudio Monteverdi's sixty-year compositional career spans one of the most crucial junctures in Western music. Laying the groundwork for harmonic tonality - the pervasive musical language of Western culture until the twentieth century - Monteverdi's break with the self-contained harmonic world of the Renaissance and his confident assertion of human rationality and…  See more details below

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Claudio Monteverdi's sixty-year compositional career spans one of the most crucial junctures in Western music. Laying the groundwork for harmonic tonality - the pervasive musical language of Western culture until the twentieth century - Monteverdi's break with the self-contained harmonic world of the Renaissance and his confident assertion of human rationality and order through music was a crucial contribution to the emergence of the Baroque style. Monteverdi's Tonal Language is a provocative new examination of the theoretical issues surrounding the emergence of early seventeenth-century tonality combined with systematic analysis of a wide range of Monteverdi's secular works. Eric Chafe argues that the composer's music was rooted in a strong sense of musical logic and a secure grasp of tonality combined with Monteverdi's assertion that music should be dominated by allegory Chafe offers a new framework for understanding the complex historical style and systematic features of the tonal language of Monteverdi's time and the composer's particular version of it. Building on Carl Dahlhaus's analysis of emerging tonality in Monteverdi's madrigals, Chafe expands the scope of the "modal-hexachordal" system rooted in the composer's work at the time of his fourth and fifth madrigal books. In addition to covering text-music relationships of a large and representative amount of Monteverdi's music, Chafe discusses several unexplored areas crucial to any understanding of the composer's tonal language. The two madrigals "Cor mio, mentre vi miro" (from Book Four) and "O Mirtillo" (from Book Five) illustrate the theoretical features of early seventeenth-century tonality. Chafe examines the pronounced sense of tonal clarity that distinguishes the Fourth Book of Madrigals, and he articulates the tonal styles Monteverdi used as organizing criteria in the Fifth Book. In subsequent chapters he demonstrates how the characteristic devices of Orfeo emerge as basic properties of the "mod

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ISBN-13:
9780028704951
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Pages:
442

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: Tonality and "Word"1
Ch. 2Basic Issues in Seventeenth-Century Tonality21
Ch. 3Mode and System38
Ch. 4Analytical Questions: Two Madrigals Compared56
Ch. 5The Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603)76
Ch. 6The Fifth Book of Madrigals (1605)105
Ch. 7The Tonal Structure of Orfeo (1607)126
Ch. 8II Ballo delle ingrate and the "Lamento d'Arianna" (1608)159
Ch. 9The Sixth Book of Madrigals (1614)186
Ch. 10Concerto: The Seventh Book of Madrigals (1619)208
Ch. 11The Eighth Book: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (1638)234
Ch. 12Tonal Allegory in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (1640)261
Ch. 13Tonal Allegory and the Authenticity Question in L'incoronazione di Poppea (1642)289
Ch. 14L'incoronazione di Poppea: The Tonal-Allegorical Framework309
Ch. 15L'incoronazione di Poppea: Aspects of Musical Characterization331
Appendix A: The quadro Sign in Seventeenth-Century Music361
Appendix B: A Madrigal by Pietro Eredia and Giovanni Battista Doni371
Notes381
Bibliography425
Index of Monteverdi's Works433
General Index439

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