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    Denis Arnold(Author)
Celebrated during his lifetime, Monteverdi disappeared from the repertory for centuries until interest in him gradually revived over the last hundred years. Denis Arnold's contribution to this revival was considerable. Here he pays tribute to Monteverdi's genius and such enduring achievements as the Vespers, other choral compositions, the operas, and the sacred and secular songs. In relating Monteverdi to the musical activity of his time, and in examining his years at the Court of Mantua and in Venice, Denis Arnold reveals a fascinating musician whose works epitomize in many varied ways the musical and cultural issues of his age.

The text and appendices of this edition were revised by Tim Carter, who added a new chapter taking account of recent scholarship.

Covers Monteverdi's life and works with admirable completeness. The chapters on the dramatic music and the composer's reputation are especially valuable. (Composer)

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  • PDF | 264 pages
  • Denis Arnold(Author)
  • Oxford University Press USA; Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1963)
  • English
  • 10
  • Music, Stage & Screen
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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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