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Gesualdo : The Man and His Music - Glenn Watkins

Gesualdo

The Man and His Music

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Published: 15th August 1991
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Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, is equally celebrated as the composer of madrigals of great power and tortured complexity and as the murderer of his wife and her lover in flagrante delicto. His life and compositions are not unconnected. His neurotic sensibility found an ideal outlet in the mannerist tendencies of late Renaissance music, and his works are the most extreme examples of those tendencies. Watkins's extended study of Gesualdo's life and works was originally published in 1973. Alongside detailed analysis of Gesualdo's remarkable madrigals and of the few works in other genres, it contained much new biographical material, particularly on the latter part of the composer's life. This new edition has been extensively updated, and contains a new chapter covering the research of recent years. The preface to the first edition, by Igor Stravinsky is reprinted.

'In a second edition Profesor Glenn Watkins has revised his 1973 book, which was a notable contribution to musicology, and has added a new chapter and epilogue bringing up to date the study of the composer.' Contemporary Review, Dec '91

Gesualdo di Venosa: New Perspectivep. v
List of Platesp. xvii
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xix
Introduction to the First Editionp. xxi
The Man
The Early Years: 1560-1590p. 3
Family origins and connectionsp. 3
Birth and youthp. 4
The first marriage and tragedyp. 6
Literary reflections on the murderp. 23
A painting at S. Maria delle Graziep. 31
The end of the affairp. 35
Ferrara: 1594-1596p. 37
The situation at Ferrarap. 37
The second marriagep. 40
Marriage festivities and court lifep. 48
The musical scene: Madrigal Books 1 and 2 publishedp. 53
Tasso and Gesualdop. 57
The return to Gesualdop. 60
Residence in Ferrarap. 70
The Last Years: 1597-1613p. 73
Domestic crisisp. 73
Gesualdo's deathp. 81
Burial and willp. 84
Conclusionp. 90
The Music
The Question of Mannerismp. 95
The crisis of the Ars Perfectap. 96
The elements of Mannerismp. 99
Nature and geniusp. 102
Gesualdo and Mannerismp. 105
Text and Formp. 111
Poetic formp. 111
The canzonep. 111
The ballatap. 112
The multi-stanza canzone and sestinap. 113
The sonnetp. 114
The madrigalp. 114
Musical formp. 116
The verse/phrasep. 116
Larger structural featuresp. 120
Poetic subjectsp. 123
The problem of textual identificationp. 125
The Madrigals: Books I and IIp. 133
Contrapuntal foundationsp. 134
Some comparisonsp. 140
The Madrigals: Books III and IVp. 149
Backgroundsp. 149
Transitionsp. 150
The Madrigals: Books V and VIp. 165
Text and music: disruption and contrastp. 170
Gesualdo and the dissonancep. 179
Double counterpointp. 183
Tonality and cadencep. 185
Accidentals and chromaticismp. 194
Harmonic progressionp. 201
The Late Style: Models and Successorsp. 213
Pomponio Nennap. 213
Luzzaschi and Macquep. 224
Minor Neapolitan figuresp. 227
The Sacrae Cantionesp. 245
Sources; Comparisons; liturgical considerationsp. 257
The Responsoriap. 259
Form and style: liturgical backgroundsp. 259
Tridentine ideals and post-Council practicep. 263
Renaissance traditions of Holy Week polyphonyp. 267
Form and tonalityp. 271
Text, texture, and figurationp. 272
Harmony and dissonancep. 281
Miscellaneap. 285
Canzottep. 285
Psalms of Complinep. 286
The Naples Gagliarde manuscriptp. 288
The Canzon francese del Principep. 291
Aggiornamentip. 296
The Controversyp. 365
Postscriptp. 384
Bibliographyp. 385
List of Worksp. 400
General Indexp. 406
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ISBN: 9780198161974
ISBN-10: 0198161972
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 15th August 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.7  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised