April_3-_april_5 - Music 005 Notes April 3 2007 What is...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Music 005 Notes April 3, 2007 What is opera? The roots of opera A reaction against the overly complicated emotionally detached music of the late renaissance Aristocratic humanists in Italy wanted to revive the powerful music of the ancient Greece The first opera: Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1608) o Homophony speech-like vocal melody o Expressive use of dissonance o Strange harmonic shifts The Building Blocks of Opera: recitative and aria Recitative o Speech like rhythms o Vocal line follows the normal inflections of speech o Sparse, simple accompaniment Aria o The self-contained piece for solo voice and orchestra (that ism a song, but one that is part of the drama) o A beautiful, memorable melody o Elaborate accompaniment (or at least more elaborate than what we find in recitative Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro (1786) In Italian, although composed for Vienna An opera buffa : comic, with some serious elements (class issues, for example) o Class issues; the Count makes the Countless angry by chasing his servant Figaro’s fiancé (Susanna) o Sexual issues: Cherubino, the sex-crazed adolescent page as the embodiment of a drive that motivates all of the characters “You Know what love is” (“Voiche sapete”) (3-20) An aria for Cherubino, who is in desperate need of a girlfriend At first, the music sounds chaste and pure: o Elegant, balanced phrases o Simple homophonic textures o “sweet” chromaticisim
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern