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- DescriptionClaudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was the first important composer of opera. This invative study by one of the foremost experts on Monteverdi and seventeenth-century opera examines the composer's celebrated final works - Il ritor d'Ulisse (1640) and L'incoronazione di Poppea (1642) - from a new perspective. Ellen Rosand considers these works as t merely a pair but constituents of a trio, a Venetian trilogy that, Rosand argues, properly includes a third opera, Le zze d'Enea (1641). Although its music has t survived, its chrological placement between the other two operas opens new prospects for better understanding all three, both in their specifically Venetian context and as the creations of an old master. A thorough review of manuscript and printed sources of Ritor and Poppea, in conjunction with those of their erstwhile silent companion, offers new possibilities for resolving the questions of authenticity that have swirled around Monteverdi's last operas since their discovery in the late nineteenth century. Le zze d'Enea also helps to explain the striking differences between the other two, casting new light on their contrasting moral ethos: the conflict between a world of emotional propriety and restraint and one of hedonistic abandon.
- Author BiographyEllen Rosand is George A. Saden Professor of Music at Yale and author of Opera in Seventeenth Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre (UC Press, 1991, 2007).
- Author(s)Ellen Rosand
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication03/12/2007
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note30 b/w photographs, 4 line illustrations, 21 tables, 40 music examples
- Weight930 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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