Songs of Mortals, Dialogues of the Gods: Music and Theatre in Seventeenth-Century Spain

Songs of Mortals, Dialogues of the Gods: Music and Theatre in Seventeenth-Century Spain

by Louise K. Stein
     
 

This is the first comprehensive survey of seventeenth-century Spanish theatrical music to be written, and the first book-length study devoted to the music of the Spanish baroque in English. While particular aspects of the field have been explored before, no previous single study has succeeded in defining the place and function of music in the Spanish theatre of the

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This is the first comprehensive survey of seventeenth-century Spanish theatrical music to be written, and the first book-length study devoted to the music of the Spanish baroque in English. While particular aspects of the field have been explored before, no previous single study has succeeded in defining the place and function of music in the Spanish theatre of the Golden Age, and the nature of the extant repertory. This book explains the various musical-theatrical genres that flourished in seventeenth-century Spain, answers essential questions about their nature and development as court and public entertainments, and looks at the anomalous production of three operas in a period dominated by genres such as the semi-opera and the zarzuela. Based on a thorough study of the extant music, the plays, numerous historical documents, and descriptions from the period, Stein builds a complete picture through a historical and contextual approach illustrated by musical and literary analysis. This book considerably advances our understanding of the culture of the baroque period in Spain, by making important statements about the nature of the Spanish musical baroque and its relation to European musical and theatrical developments.

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"At last, thanks to the Herculean labours of the American scholar Louise K. Stein, an extensive piece of terra incognita has been sighted and charted, and I have little doubt that her handsomely produced book provides an essential new perspective on Hispanic civilisation....This is an absorbing book, nothing if not comprehensive, both in the highly detailed description of the music and drama, and in the wealth of contextual information...all well organised and integrated."—The Musical Times

"Stupendous....I found it so learned and intelligent regarding all the musical conventions of that Spanish theatre that I could always see the ways in which the book was relevant to English drama of the preceding century, to the students of which I highly recommend this study."—Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"Ongoing and subsequent research concerning Spanish theater of Spain's Siglo de oro, will be substantially aided by Prof. Stein's magnificent contribution....I cannot help but strongly recommend this book even to those with a peripheral interest."—Early Music Newsletter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198162735
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.52(d)

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