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The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 : music, context, performance

Author: Jeffrey G Kurtzman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is a thorough-going study of Monteverdi's Vespers, the most significant and most widely known musical print from before the 18th century. The author examines Monteverdi's Vespers from multiple perspectives, combining his own research with that of other scholars."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Claudio Monteverdi; Claudio Monteverdi; Claudio Monteverdi
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey G Kurtzman
ISBN: 0198164092 9780198164098
OCLC Number: 38557342
Description: xix, 601 pages : music ; 24 cm
Contents: [Part] I : Context. Sources, controversies, and speculations : the early and modern history of Monteverdi's Vespers ; The liturgy of vespers and the "antiphon problem' ; A brief history of vespers in the sixteenth century ; Vesper publications and modern style, 1600-1620 : a comparison of Monteverdi's Vespers with the contemporaneous repertoire --
[Part] II : The music. A preliminary note on analytical method and terminology ; Compositions based on a cantus firmus : the response and Psalms ; Compositions based on a cantus firmus : the magnificats ; Compositions based on a cantus firmus : the hymn and the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria ; Compositions not based on a cantus firmus : Nigra sum ; Compositions not based on a cantus firmus : Pulchra es, Duo seraphim, Audi coelum --
[Part] III : Performance practice. A philosophical note on historical performance practice ; Continuo instruments ; Organs and organ registration ; Continuo realization ; Voices and choirs ; Vocal style ; Pitch and transposition ; Obbligato instruments ; Instrumental doubling and substitution for vocal parts ; Metre and tempo ; Vocal and instrumental ornamentation ; Tuning and temperament ; Historical pronounciation.
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