Music and the Myth of Arcadia in Renaissance Italy

Music and the Myth of Arcadia in Renaissance Italy

by Giuseppe Gerbino
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521899567

ISBN-13: 9780521899567

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The idea that there was a time when men and women lived in perfect harmony with nature and with themselves, though rooted in classical antiquity, was one of the most fertile products of the Renaissance literary and artistic imagination. This book explores one specific aspect of this idea: the musical representation and stylization of the myth of Arcadia in…  See more details below

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The idea that there was a time when men and women lived in perfect harmony with nature and with themselves, though rooted in classical antiquity, was one of the most fertile products of the Renaissance literary and artistic imagination. This book explores one specific aspect of this idea: the musical representation and stylization of the myth of Arcadia in sixteenth-century Italy Giuseppe Gerbino outlines how Renaissance culture strove to keep this utopia alive, and demonstrates how music played a fundamental role in the construction and preservation of this collective illusion. Covering a range of different music genres, including the madrigal, music for theater, and early opera, the book overcomes traditional barriers among genres. Illustrative music examples, including previously unpublished music, serve to remind the reader's knowledge of this important repertory, and provide new insights into the role of music in the formation and dissemination of cultural myths.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521899567
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Series:
New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Series, #18
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 The idiosyncrasies of chronology 13

2 The return of the shepherd 21

3 Musical remedies 35

4 On the cusp between language and music 47

5 Musical eclipses 68

6 The boundaries of the genre 103

7 Singing like shepherds, singing like peasants 122

8 Ruzante's song and the rustic picturesque 142

9 Re-founding pastoral theater 158

10 The (female) performance of high culture 193

11 A pastoral society 243

12 The dark side of Arcadia 256

13 Marenzio's utopia of the senses 292

14 Lost in Arcadia 341

Epilogue Pastoral, opera, and the impossibility of tragedy 378

Bibliography 400

Index 437

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