A history of bel canto

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Clarendon Press, 1991 - Music - 218 pages
Rodolfo Celletti, who has devoted his whole career to studying the voice from every historical, technical, and musical aspect, offers here a fascinating history of bel canto singing and the voice in operatic literature. He begins by discussing the links between bel canto and the operatic ideals of the baroque, and points out that the style was created as much by operatic composers and their librettists as by their executants, the singers. To this end he undertakes a review of Italian opera of the period, and traces the development of the style in different composers and their works.

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Contents

The Cult of Bel Canto Virtuosity and Hedonism
1
The Vocal Art in Baroque Opera
14
Particular Aspects of Baroque Opera
108
Rossini
135
Death and Resurrection of Bel Canto
188
Index of Names and Titles of Operas
211
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About the author (1991)

Celletti devoted his whole career to studying the voice in every aspect, historical, technical and musical.

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