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The Italian Solo Concerto, 1700-1760 : Rhetorical Strategies and Style History - Simon McVeigh

The Italian Solo Concerto, 1700-1760

Rhetorical Strategies and Style History

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Published: 30th November 2004
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The solo concerto, a vast and important repertory of the early to mid eighteenth century, is known generally only through a dozen concertos by Vivaldi and a handful of works by Albinoni and Marcello. The authors aim to bring this repertory to greater prominence and have, since 1995, been involved in a research programme of scoring and analysing over nine hundred concertos, representing nearly the entire repertory available in early prints and manuscripts. Drawing on this research, they present a detailed study and analysis of the first-movement ritornello form, the central concept that enabled composers to develop musical thinking on a large scale. Their approach is firstly to present the ritornello form as a rhetorical argument, a musical process that dynamically unfolds in time; and secondly to challenge notions of a linear stylistic development from baroque to classical, instead discovering composers trying out different options, which might themselves become norms against which new experiments could be made.

SIMON McVEIGH is Professor of Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London; JEHOASH HIRSHBERG is Professor in the Musicology Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A fine achievement... the standard work on the subject for a long time... well written and liberally illustrated with musical examples. EARLY MUSIC REVIEW [The authors] have produced a remarkably thorough and useful study, which rewards careful reading...a magisterial overview. MUSIC & LETTERS

Introduction : 'to think musically'p. 1
Order, connection and proportionp. 6
The concerto in contextp. 29
Assembling the elements : towards the Vivaldian revolutionp. 51
'Vivaldi is a deviant Vivaldian'p. 81
Vivaldi Modulandop. 108
Vivaldi and the recapitulationp. 134
Rome : renovating traditionp. 155
The Venetian orbitp. 171
From Venice across the Alpsp. 199
Platti and d'Alai - the common tastep. 211
Bologna : overthrowing traditionp. 228
A tale of two cities : Milan and Viennap. 248
Turin and the French connectionp. 276
Padua, Tartini and 'la maggior perfezione del buon gusto'p. 284
The malleable modelp. 300
Catalogue of repertoirep. 311
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ISBN: 9781843830924
ISBN-10: 1843830922
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 30th November 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.87