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Divining the Oracle: Monteverdis Seconda prattica Massimo Ossi

Divining the Oracle: Monteverdis Seconda prattica

Massimo Ossi

Published July 15th 2003
ISBN : 9780226638836
Hardcover
298 pages
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 About the Book 

Claudio Monteverdis historical position in music has been compared to that of Shakespeare in literature: almost exact contemporaries, each worked from traditional beginnings to transform nearly every genre he attempted. In this book, Massimo Ossi delves into the most significant aspect of Monteverdis career: the development, during the first years of the seventeenth century, of a new compositional style he called the seconda prattica or second manner.Challenged in print for the unconventional aspects of his music, Monteverdi found himself at the center of a debate between defenders of Renaissance principles and the newest musical currents of the time. The principles of the seconda prattica, Ossi argues in this sophisticated analysis of Monteverdis writings, music, and approaches to text-setting, were in fact much more significant to the course of Monteverdis career than previously thought by modern scholars-not only did Monteverdi continue to pursue their aesthetic and theoretical implications for the rest of his life, but they also affected his dramatic compositions as well as his chamber vocal music and sacred works.Ossi divines the oracle of Monteverdis ambiguous theoretical concepts in a clear way and in terms of pure music- his book will enhance our understanding of Monteverdi as one of the most significant figures in western music history.