Music in the Seventeenth Century
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Music in the Seventeenth Century by Lorenzo Bianconi
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521269155
(216mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Nov-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lorenzo Bianconi
Opera in Theory and Practice, Image and Myth, Hardback (March 2004)
This sixth volume in the series centres on the sociological and critical aspects of opera in Italy, considering the art in the context of an Italian literary and cultural canon rarely revealed in English and American studies.
Opera on Stage, Hardback (November 2002)
"The History of Italian Opera" marks the first time a team of scholars has worked together to investigate the entire Italian operatic tradition, rather than limiting the focus to major composers and their masterworks, thus viewing the whole as both theatre and a complex social phenomenon.
Opera Production and Its Resources, Hardback (June 1998)» View all books by Lorenzo Bianconi
Investigates the entire Italian operatic tradition, approaching opera not only as a distinctive musical genre but also as a form of extravagant theatre and as a complex social phenomenon. This text traces the social, economic and artistic history of the production of opera from its origins.
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