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Author Calcagno, Mauro

Title From Madrigal to Opera : Monteverdi's Staging of the Self
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource (343 pages)
Series ACLS Fellows' Publications
Contents PART ONE. LA MUSICA AND ORFEO; 1. Text, Context, Performance; Performing Nobility; Authorizing Performance; The Work of Opera; 2. Liminality, Deixis, Subjectivity; Prologues as Paratexts; "I am Music"; The Prologue of Orfeo as Performance; Dialogic Subjectivity; Subject-Effects; 3. Performing the Dialogic Self; Music's Touch; Echoes; PART TWO. CONSTRUCTING THE NARRATOR; 4. From Petrarch to Petrarchism: A Rhetoric of Voice and Address; Voi ch'ascoltate; Appropriating the Self; Lyric Modes; Equivocality
5. In Search of Voice: Musical Petrarchism in the Sixteenth-Century MadrigalTheatricality and Temporal Perspective; Diffracting the Self; Who is Speaking? From Soggetto to Dialogo; The Madrigal Book as Canzoniere; PART THREE. STAGING THE SELF; 6. Monteverdi, Narrator; From Narration to Focalization; Combattimento between Page and Stage; 7. The Possibility of Opera; The Aesthetics of Nothing: Monteverdi, Marino, and the Incogniti; Focalization in Poppea; Epilogue: Subjectivity, Theatricality, Multimediality; Appendix 1: Tables of Contents of the Madrigal Books
Appendix 2: Monteverdi, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: Text and Translation; Notes; Index
Summary This pathbreaking study links two traditionally separate genres as their stars crossed to explore the emergence of multiple selves in early modern Italian culture and society. Mauro Calcagno focuses on the works of Claudio Monteverdi, a master of both genres, to investigate how they reflect changing ideas about performance and role-playing by singers. Calcagno traces the roots of dialogic subjectivity to Petrarch's love poetry arguing that Petrarchism exerted a powerful influence not only on late Renaissance literature and art, but also on music. Covering more than a century of music and cultural history, the book demonstrates that the birth of opera relied on an important feature of the madrigalian tradition: the role of the composer as a narrative agent enabling performers to become characters and hold a specific point of view
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643. Operas.
Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643. Madrigals.
Madrigals (Monteverdi, Claudio)
Operas (Monteverdi, Claudio)
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Classical.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011046515
ISBN 9780520951525