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Studies in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Italian Sacred Music - Jeffrey Kurtzman

Studies in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Italian Sacred Music

Hardcover

Published: 28th April 2014
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Although he is often identified as a Monteverdi scholar (Approaches to Monteverdi: Aesthetic, Psychological, Analytical and Historical Studies, published by Ashgate, 2013), the majority of Jeffrey Kurtzman's work has focused on other sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian sacred music. Organized into three sections, part one begins with a chapter on the Monteverdi Mass and Vespers of 1610 which spotlights the other major work in Monteverdi's first prominent sacred print, the Missa in illo tempore, followed by examples of Kurtzman's work on the sacred music of other seventeenth-century composers such as Giovanni Francesco Capello and Palestrina. The section concludes with a piece on polyphonic psalm structures in seventeenth-century Italian Office music. Part two includes pieces which explore the relationship between the standard clef set, the high clef set, specific Magnificat tones and sounding pitch in the Magnificats of Roman composers; the issue of polyphonic psalm antiphons and the question of vocal and instrumental substitutes for plainchant antiphons in the Vespers service; and the use of instruments in the performance of sacred music to show that the concertato style of the seventeenth century had originated from the practice of substituting instruments for voices and doubling voices with instruments, thereby introducing multifaceted possibilities for varying sonorities through the course of a composition. Part 3 is more purely historical in nature with articles surveying the various styles in the Office repertoire based on the catalogue of some 1500 prints of Italian Office music and the effect on Italian liturgical music of the Council of Trent.

Contents: Introduction; Bibliography; Part 1 Critical and Analytical Essays: a critical commentary in Monteverdi's Missa in illo Tempore; Giovanni Francesco Capello: an avant-gardist of the early 17th century; Palestrina's Magnificats; a brief survey; Polyphonic psalm structures in 17th-century Itallian Office music. Part 2 Performance matters: Tones, modes, clefs and pitch in Roman magnificats of the 16th century; Per fare il vespro meno tedioso: Don Pietro Maria Marsolo and the 'antiphon problem'; The performance of eight-voice and polychoral psalmody with instruments in Italy and its role in the development of the concertato style in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Part 3 Historical Issues: Stylistic diversity in Vesper psalms and magnificats published in Italy in the 17th century; The effect on Italian liturgical music of the Council of Trent (1562), the Breviarium Romanum (1568) and the Caeremoniale Episcoporum (1600); Index.

ISBN: 9781409469827
ISBN-10: 1409469824
Series: Variorum Collected Studies Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 28th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.0