Guarini's "Il pastor fido" and the madrigal : voicing the pastoral in late Renaissance Italy /

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Routledge,, London, United Kingdom ;New York, United States, p.x, 448 pages : (2023)



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(OCoLC)fst01005355, (OCoLC)fst01030479, (OCoLC)fst01353854, fast, History and criticism., Madrigals, Madrigals., Music and literature., Musical settings.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Battista Guarini's pastoral tragicomedy Il pastor fido (1589) began its life as a play, but soon was transformed through numerous musical settings by prominent composers of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Through the many lives of this work, this book explores what happens when a lover's lament is transplanted from the theatrical stage to the courtly chamber, from speech to song, and from a single speaking character to an ensemble of singers, shedding new light on early modern literary and musical culture. From the play's beginnings in manuscripts, private readings, and aborted stage productions in the 1580s and 1590s, through the gradual decline of Pastor fido madrigals in the 1640s, this book examines how this widely read yet controversial text became the center of a lasting and prolific music tradition. Using a new integrative system of musical-textual analysis based on sixteenth-century theory, Seth Coluzzi demonstrates how composers responded not only to the sentiments, imagery, and form of the play's speeches, but also to subtler details of Guarini's verse. Viewing the musical history of Guarini's work as an integral part of the play's roles in the domains of theater, literature, and criticism, this book brings a new perspective to the late Italian madrigal, the play, and early modern patronage and readership across a diverse geographical and temporal frame.Introduction: Voice, genre, and interpretation in the Italian madrigal -- Reading the madrigal : mode, structure, and the analysis of late-Renaissance music -- The play and its early audiences -- From poetic monster to Raccolta di madrigali : the Pastor fido debate, 1586-1602 -- Marenzio, Guarini, and the origins of the Pastor fido madrigal -- Beyond the theater in Rome and Mantua : the settings of Marenzio and Wert -- "Ahi, lasso!" : Monteverdi, Il pastor fido, and a new Mantuan controversy -- Madrigalian discourses in (and beyond) Monteverdi's fifth book -- The settings of Pallavicino, Gastoldi, and Rossi, and the afterglow of a Mantuan pastoral passion.