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Keyboard Assignment - Monteverdi
Transcript of Keyboard Assignment - Monteverdi
Monteverdi was only 15 when his earliest published works appeared and mainly focused on madrigals up until he was 40 years old. Monteverdi was well-known for establishing the foundations of modern opera and for being able to compose wonderful music - both religious and non-religious. The first great figure of Baroque music. His first opera, L'Orfeo, was performed at the Mantua in 1607 and was an instant success. People say he was the first to “create an opera out of characters who live, breathe, love and hate.”
One of his greatest works is Vespro Della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin - 1610). This is one of the few pieces of sacred music that he had composed and is one of the greatest examples of religious music. "...Each of the 25 parts is fully developed in both a musical and dramatic sense, using instrumental textures to express dramatic and emotional effect in an unprecedented manner." "The Coronation of Poppea” is considered to be his best opera. It was his last opera, written one year before his death. "This slow, unfolding narrative is rich in subtleties and ironically celebrates a triumph of evil over good with beautiful music. "
Other famous works include: L’Arianna, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patri, and Il Combattimento di Clorinda. Quotes L'Orfeo “Not only the greatest musician of his own age, but the inventor of a system of harmony which has remained in uninterrupted use to the present day." “The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth.”
“Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”
"The end of all good music is to affect the soul"
By Tara and Annabel. Savall Monteverdi The first great figure of Baroque music. - Rockstro