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    Available in PDF Format | Monteverdi.pdf | English
    Tim Carter(Translator)
This book, originally published in Italian, is a leading biographical study of the greatest composer of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy. Monteverdi's contribution to secular, sacred and theatrical music in the period was unparalleled: his madrigals, church music and operas remain very much alive today. A large number of contemporary documents, including some 130 of his own letters, offer rich insights into the composer and his times, also illuminating the many and varied contexts for music making in the most important musical centres in Italy. Fabbri uses these documents and other sources to present a rich narrative focusing on a composer who has perhaps rightly been called the 'father of modern music'. This translation brings an indispensable text to a much broader readership, providing a vivid picture of a fascinating period in music history.

'Highly original biography … an invaluable guide.' Classical Music

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Tim Carter(Translator)
  • Cambridge University Press; 2Rev Ed edition (23 Jun. 1994)
  • English
  • 8
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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  • By Rejan Minnekeer on 16 April 2011

    This book is with its overwhelming detail (concerning life and music) one of the most complete books on Monteverdi I ever read.For those who like Monteverdi and want to know more about his evolution in his music, this book cannot be missed.One can say that the book has archive-value, that is to say : apart from an extensive paragrapph on 'prima prattica' and 'secunda prattica' the book does not elaboarte on musicological items. For this aspect of Montervdi's work one has to turn to the Cambridge Companion.The book is written in a chronological manner, starting with the first publication of Claudio (when he was 15 !!), The Sacrae Cantiunculae (1582). It ends - of course - in 1643. One learns many aspects of the live and work of Monteverdi.There are no illustrations in the book. It might have helped some when reading about old instruments (e.g. theorbe) to understand what the instrument looked like. And , for some it can be interesting to see the faces of people mentioned in the book. But there's always 'google' to help...What is exciting for Monteverdi-fans (the already mentioned detail), will be for the general public tiring and perhaps boring. So one must say that the book is not for the rookie, but for those who are academically interested in life and work of one of the great composers, Monteverdi.

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