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

Author: Roger Freitas; Cambridge University Press.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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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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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Freitas; Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780521885218 0521885213 9781107696105 1107696100
OCLC Number: 890421783
Language Note: W dodatkach na końcu książki tekst częśc. fr. i wł.
Awards: Winner of Philip Brett Award 2010
Winner of American Musicological Society Philip Brett Award 2010
Description: XX, 431, [1] s. : il. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction; 1. Creating a castrato; 2. The politics of patronage: 1638-53; 3. In pursuit of prestige: 1653-5; 4. The sexuality of the castrato; 5. Disgrace and transformation: 1656-71; 6. Atto Melani and the cantata; 7. Completing the portrait: 1671-1714; Appendices: A. The letters of Atto Melani; B. Letters addressed to or concerning Atto Melani; C. Satires: Sopra Atto Melani musico and Al Signor Atto Melani; D. Excerpt from the Receuil des defenses of Nicolas Fouquet; E. Biographical sketch from Tommaso Trenta's Memorie; F. The cantata texts of Atto Melani, with analyses and translations; G. The Wills: For Italy; For France; H. The cabinet in the 'Salotto dell'Abbate Melani', from the inventory of 1782.
Series Title: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism.
Responsibility: Roger Freitas.

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'The book includes a survey of Atto's cantatas, polished, efficient exemplars of a fashionable new Italian genre, but in the end far less important to their creator than the wordly advancement their Read more...

 
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