World of Baroque Music: New Perspectives

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Overview

The World of Baroque Music presents essays by leading scholars on Baroque music. Each focuses on a different city, court, or region, and profiles the critical developments in that location for a single genre (song, opera, keyboard music, guitar, trio sonata, etc.). The essays are complemented by paintings and original scores from the period. This volume covers the entire span of the Baroque, with topics ranging from early Italian opera in Florence to synagogue music in Mantua, from Italian women composers to the solo song in Shakespeare’s England. Utilizing a wide variety of approaches, the contributors examine economic, religious, and sociological influences on the Baroque style. Two CDs are included.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"... provide[s] 12 excellent, engaging essays (each with its own brief bibliography) on special aspects of music from 1600—1750, all but one focused on themes illustrated by nicely chosen tracks on the included CDs.... Recommended." —Choice

Stephen A. Crist

"In this important book, a team of leading scholars illuminates a dozen significant themes in the history of Baroque music. Based on the most up-to-date research, the essays are accessible and will be of interest to readers of many different backgrounds. A delight!" —Stephen A. Crist, Emory University

L. Michael Griffel

"This fascinating compendium zooms in on genres, locales, instruments, and socio-historical issues often given insufficient attention in surveys of Baroque music. Engagingly written by master scholars, the book is a 'must read' for anyone studying, teaching, or performing this repertoire." —L. Michael Griffel, The Juilliard School

From the Publisher
"In this important book, a team of leading scholars illuminates a dozen significant themes in the history of Baroque music. Based on the most up-to-date research, the essays are accessible and will be of interest to readers of many different backgrounds. A delight!" —Stephen A. Crist, Emory University

"... provide[s] 12 excellent, engaging essays (each with its own brief bibliography) on special aspects of music from 1600—1750, all but one focused on themes illustrated by nicely chosen tracks on the included CDs.... Recommended." —Choice

Choice

"... provide[s] 12 excellent, engaging essays (each with its own brief bibliography) on special aspects of music from 1600—1750, all but one focused on themes illustrated by nicely chosen tracks on the included CDs.... Recommended." —Choice

Early Music Review
. . . [A] magnificent achievement . . . high-quality essays on music . . . well-chosen illustrations, colour plates and music examples. All-in-all, a book that invites use at several levels.
Choice Magazine
Provide(s) 12 excellent, engaging essays on special aspects of music . . . Includes interesting visual and musical-score illustrations... Summing Up: Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253347985
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

George B. Stauffer is Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Professor of Music History at Rutgers University. He has written extensively on the music and culture of the Baroque era in general and the life and music of J. S. Bach in particular.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface

1. Songs of Shakespeare's England Craig Monson
2. Love's New Voice: Italian Monodic Song Barbara Russano Hanning
3. The Rise of Italian Chamber Music Mary Oleskiewicz
4. Music for Church and Community: Buxtehude in Lübeck Kerala J. Snyder
5. The Arts and Royal Extravagance: Music at the French Court George B. Stauffer
6. The Songs of Solomon (Rossi) as the Search for History Michael Beckerman
7. Usurping the Place of the Muses: Barbara Strozzi and the Female Composer in Seventeenth-Century Italy Wendy Heller
8. The Baroque Guitar: Players, Paintings, Patrons, and the Public Victor Coelho
9. Seventeenth-Century Keyboard Music in Northern Europe: Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands David Schulenberg
10. Bach and the Bounds of Originality George B. Stauffer
11. Bach's St. John Passion: Can We Really Still Hear the Work—and Which One? Daniel R. Melamed
12. Music in the "New World": The Baroque in Mexico and Brazil Gerard Béhague

Sampler CDs Track List
PGM Recordings: Catalog
List of Contributors
Index

Indiana University Press

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