Fall09_Week5-summary - Week 5 summary MUS 302L The Voice...

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The Voice Week 5 summary MUS 302L
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What is monody? Accompanied Italian solo song , especially secular, of the period c 1600– 40. The term can either denote an individual song or deFne the entire body of such songs (and solo recitatives in operas and other works can also be described as monodic). Its use in these senses is a product of modern scholarship. The accompanying instruments most frequently used were the lute, chitarrone, theorbo, harpsichord and, for lighter songs, guitar. Caccini’s Le nuove musiche (±lorence, 1601), was an epoch-making collection from which it is plausible and convenient to date the inception of genuine monody. The success of Caccini’s songs was undoubtedly a major factor in establishing the popularity of monodies, through which in turn – possibly more than through any other medium – stablished the new Baroque style based on the continuo bass line.
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“Inventing” Musical Theater The Court Model Timeframe: 1600 - 1650 Begins in Florence (why?), spreads to other courts One-time events for special celebrations, by invitation only Designed to replicate high-minded power of ancient Greek theater Caccini: Euridice (1600); Monteverdi, Orfeo (1607); etc The Entrepreneurial Model Timeframe: 1637 - . . . Begins in Venice (why?), spreads to other cities Musicians rent spaces, put on multiple performances, sell tickets Rely on draw of star singers, provocative plots, sensuality Monteverdi: Poppea (1642); Cavalli, Didone (1641); etc
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“Drama presented in/through music” Initially designed to imitate “classical” Greek tragedy Incorporates several elements of the “new music” (monody) “Speech-like” clear declamation of text Elaborate virtuosic “emotion-painting”
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