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Portrait of a castrato : politics, patronage, and music in the life of Atto Melani

Author: Roger Freitas
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Series: New perspectives in music history and criticism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... Explores the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century. Born in 1626 into a bourgeois family in Pistoia, Italy, Atto Melani was castrated to preserve his singing voice and soon rose to both artistic and social prominence. His extant letters not only depict the musical activities of several European centers, they reveal the real-life context of music and the musician : how a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Atto Melani; Atto Melani; Atto Melani; Atto Melani
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Freitas
ISBN: 9780521885218 0521885213
OCLC Number: 268793382
Awards: Winner of Philip Brett Award 2010
Description: xx, 431 pages : illustrations, plates ; 26 cm.
Contents: Creating a castrato --
The politics of patronage: 1638-1653 --
In pursuit of prestige: 1653-1655 --
The sexuality of the castrato --
Disgrace and transformation: 1656-1671 --
Atto Melani and the cantata --
Completing the portrait: 1671-1714.
Series Title: New perspectives in music history and criticism.
Responsibility: Roger Freitas.
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Exploring the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century, Freitas tells how the castrato Atto Melani rose to musical and social prominence. Whether Atto was singing,  Read more...

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