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Opera's First Master: The Musical Dramas of Claudio Monteverdi

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) was the first great opera composer and is often hailed as the creator of modern music. His genius was often likened to that of Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi, but in many of the world's opera houses his operas often receive an almost chilly respect, far removed from the nearly universal love aroused by those later masters. This book, the first layperson's guide to Monteverdi, seeks to stimulate appreciation for his operas by examining them not as musicological relics but as the vital theatrical experiences they are. Ringer places Monteverdi's operatic works within the musical and theatrical framework of his era, offering a brief sketch of the composer's early years and detailing the complex forces that led to the emergence of opera in late sixteenth-century Florence. Opera's First Master enables opera lovers to see and hear Monteverdi's masterpieces anew, while opening new channels of inquiry into how Monteverdean opera "works" in the theater.

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Ringer (theater, Marymount Manhattan College) provides information on the works of composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), looking specifically at his operas, for music and theater lovers. He examines the composer's early years in the context of what was happening in Italy at the time, the style of seventeenth-century opera and the surrounding politics, his works at the court of Mantua, an act-by-act analysis of L'Orfeo, and discussions of L'Arianna, Il ballo delle ingrate, Tirsi e Clori, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and the Venetian operas, and Il ritorno d'Ulisse di patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea by scene. Ringer includes a discography and filmography. Accompanying the text is a CD of 13 of the pieces in the book.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Ringer (theater, Marymount Manhattan College) provides information on the works of composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), looking specifically at his operas, for music and theater lovers. He examines the composer's early years in the context of what was happening in Italy at the time, the style of seventeenth-century opera and the surrounding politics, his works at the court of Mantua, an act-by-act analysis of L'Orfeo, and discussions of L'Arianna, Il ballo delle ingrate, Tirsi e Clori, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and the Venetian operas, and Il ritorno d'Ulisse di patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea by scene. Ringer includes a discography and filmography. Accompanying the text is a CD of 13 of the pieces in the book. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781574671100
Composer:
Monteverdi, Claudio
Publisher:
Amadeus Press
Composer:
Monteverdi, Claudio
Author:
Ringer, Mark
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
17th century
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Monteverdi, Claudio
Subject:
Opera -- Italy -- 17th century.
Subject:
Music | Opera
Copyright:
Series:
Unlocking the Masters
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8.90x5.98x.74 in. 1.08 lbs.

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