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Monteverdi's Unruly Women : The Power of Song in Early Modern Italy - Bonnie Gordon

Monteverdi's Unruly Women

The Power of Song in Early Modern Italy


Published: 27th June 2016
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Monteverdi's Unruly Women examines the composer's madrigals and music dramas for what they can tell us about the musical and cultural world of singing and the voice in early modern Italy. Monteverdi's music demanded trained, female voices to make dramatic and expressive statements. At a time when singing was not entirely acceptable for respectable women his music allowed women to use their voices to gain power. Bonnie Gordon also explores the social and musical environment in which the singers lived and worked. Using key primary source material such as singing treatises and Renaissance writings on medicine and acoustics, Gordon contributes to two distinct disciplines: she brings an increased engagement with medical and literary representations of the female body to the growing field of scholarship treating gender and music, and adds to a well-established industry of scholarship devoted to the perception of gender and the body in early modern Europe.

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Vocal anatomies: mouths, breath and throats in early modern Italy
Back talk: the power of female song on the stage
Madrigalian desire: the convergence of love and sex in madrigals
Emblazoning Angioletta: musical fantasies and dissection
Angry ladies: changing experiences of sensations
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ISBN: 9780521845298
ISBN-10: 0521845297
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 27th June 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53