Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 27, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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A detailed study of the earliest opera to have gained a foothold in the modern repertoire, the book begins with a historical section in which all the known evidence about the creation and early performances of Orfeo is drawn together and evaluated. The second section of the book includes a detailed history of the rediscovery of the opera; an influential essay by Joseph Kerman is reprinted here, together with a review by Romain Rolland of the first modern performance of Orfeo. The final section includes essays by a conductor and a producer who have staged notable performances of the opera in recent years. They explain their approaches to the work, and offer solutions to some of the problems it poses in performance.
  

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Contents

V
1
VI
20
VII
35
VIII
42
IX
78
X
83
XI
98
XII
119
XV
156
XVI
167
XVII
173
XVIII
182
XIX
185
XX
198
XXI
203
XXII
205

XIII
126
XIV
138

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About the author (1986)

John Whenham is Professor of Music History and Head of the Department of Music, University of Birmingham.

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