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Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre
by Ellen Rosand
Ellen Rosand shows how opera, born of courtly entertainment, took root in the special social and economic environment of seventeenth-century Venice and there developed the stylistic and aesthetic characteristics we recognize as opera today. With ninety-one music examples, most of them complete pieces nowhere else in print, and enlivened by twenty-eight illustrations, this ...more
Paperback, 710 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by University of California Press
(first published 1990)
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Ellen Rosand does good ole' fashioned musicology; she's primarily concerned with questions of compositional techniques, formal conventions, style change over time, taxonomies of genre, etc etc. These are not sexy or exciting questions for many younger musicologists, but facility with that old school formal analysis is still invaluable in developing new readings of The Great Baggage, and that's what makes this book important. It's an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting – I'm looking at you, cata ...more
This was one of the most enjoyable books I ever had to read while studying Musicology. I was supposed to only skim the book in order to write a summary, but I ended up so engaged with the writing and the rich content that I read it in its entirety (and it wasn't anywhere close to my usual research interests).