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Unformatted text preview: Early Baroque Vocal Music Opera o Definition Literally means work A dramatic work in which the actors sing some or all of their parts Usually makes use of elaborate stage sets and costumes o Emerged in the northern Italian cities of Florence, Mantua and Venice First promoted by a group of humanist thinkers called the Florentine Camerata An attempt to recreate the style of ancient Greek drama o Terminology Libretto The text Usually based on a story drawn from history and mythology of ancient Greece and Rome Stile Rappresentativo Literally means the representational style An expressive and flexible style of solo singing for the stage Allowed the singer to move imperceptible from one mood to another Soon transformed into two different and contrasting vocal styles the recitative and aria Recitative Expresses the dramas action From the Italian word for something recited Musically heightened speech Attempts to mirror natural oral delivery...
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