Music in the Seventeenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 26, 1987 - Music - 346 pages
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The seventeenth century was a period of profound change in the history of music. In this volume Lorenzo Bianconi considers the radical developments of the century as long-lived musical traditions died out and others were created in response to new social functions. This period saw, for example, the flowering of the polyphonic madrigal and its subsequent decline in favour of a new concertato style, the rise of the basso continuo and the growth of purely instrumental composition. Most importantly it saw the rapid rise and persistent growth of a new genre of immeasurable significance: opera. In examining the plurality of coexistent musical styles Lorenzo Bianconi also discusses the socio-historical and cultural aspects of seventeenth-century music history: the opening out towards rational modes of scientific enquiry and theoretical speculation; the social position of the musician in the age of the first theatrical and musical entrepreneurs; the decline of Italian music publishing and the spread of the market to northern Europe. In considering these problems Lorenzo Bianconi presents a fresh picture of musical life in the seventeenth century, taking, like other books from the Italian series Storia della Musica, a broadly contextual approach.
 

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Contents

THE EARLY DECADES
1
2 Giovan Battista Marino and the poesia per musica
7
3 Music for solo voice
14
4 Claudio Monteverdi before 1620
21
6 Concerto
33
7 Monteverdi after 1620
36
PROBLEMS OF SEVENTEENTH CENTURY MUSIC
45
9 Scientific thought and musical theory
51
20 Opera before 1637
170
21 The Venetian theatres
180
22 The diffusion of opera in Italy
190
23 Formal and dramatic convention the lament
204
Vienna and Hamburg
220
JeanBaptiste Lully
237
26 Theatrical music in England and Spain
252
SOURCE READINGS
265

10 Theory and practice
57
11 Musical publicity
65
12 Music publishing and music collecting
73
13 Social condition of the musician
82
14 Instrumental and dance music
91
SACRED VOCAL MUSIC
105
16 Catholic devotional music
119
Heinrich Schiitz
133
France and England
147
OPERA
161
Turin 1620
271
Antonio Maria Abbatini
285
Heinrich Schiitz
292
Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell
300
Cristoforo Ivanovich
302
Barthold Feind
311
Bibliography
327
Index
336
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