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

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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 ...

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Overview

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 Based on a thorough study of the extant music, the plays, numerous historical documents, and descriptions from the period, Stein builds a complete picture through a historical and contextual approach illustrated by musical and literary analysis.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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198162735
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • 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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University of Michigan
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Illustrations
List of Musical Examples
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Music and the Comedia nueva, 1600-1690 11
2 Music in Masques and Early Court Spectacle Plays 66
3 Calderon's Early Court Plays for Philip IV 103
4 Calderonian Semi-opera 126
5 Operas Spanish Politics, Spanish Conventions 187
6 Zarzuelas and Other Short Musical Plays for the Court, 1650-1690 258
7 The Musical Legacy of the Hidalgo Era 298
Tables 333
App. I. The Musical Sources 354
App. II. Catalogue of Extant Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theatrical Songs 361
Musical Examples 409
Bibliography 531
Index 551
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