With Passionate Voice: Re-Creative Singing in Sixteenth-Century England and Italy

Re-Creative Singing in Sixteenth-Century England and Italy
Oxford University Press
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  • erschienen am 1. Dezember 2014
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  • 345 Seiten
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Musicians in the 16th century had a vastly different understanding of the structure and performance of music than todays performers. In order to transform inexpressively notated music into passionate declamation, Renaissance singers treated scores freely, and it was expected that each would personalize the music through various modifications, which included ornamentation. Their role was one of musical re-creation rather than of simple interpretation--the score represented a blueprint, not a master plan, upon which they as performer built the music. As is now commonly recognized, this flexible approach to scores changed over the centuries, the notation on the page itself became an ostensible musical Urtext and performers began following it much more closely, their sole purpose being to reproduce what was thought to be the composers intentions. Yet in recent years, scholars and performers are once again freeing themselves from the written page--but the tools for doing so have long been out of reach. With Passionate Voice gives these tools to modern singers of Renaissance music, enabling them to learn and master the art of re-creative singing. Providing a much-needed historically-informed perspective, author Robert Toft discusses the music of composers ranging from Marchetto Cara to John Dowland in the context of late Renaissance rhetoric, modal theory (and its antecedents in language), and performance traditions. Focusing on period practice in England and Italy, the two countries which produced the music of greatest interest to todays performers, Toft reconstructs the style of sung delivery through contemporary treatises on music, rhetoric and oratory. Toft remains faithful to the ways these principles were explained in the period, and thus breathes new life into this vital art form. With Passionate Voice is sure to be essential for vocalists, teachers and coaches of early music repertoire.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
978-0-19-938204-0 (9780199382040)
0199382042 (0199382042)
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  • With Passionate Voice
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Companion Website
  • Introduction
  • An Age of Rhetorical Persuasion
  • Part 1: Preparing the Text
  • Words Appropriately Fitted to the Notes
  • Part 2: Elocutio: Fine Words and Music
  • Every Trope, Every Figure
  • Part 3: Pronunciatio: Singing Eloquently and Acting Aptly
  • 1 The Art of Vocal Delivery
  • All the Senses Satisfied
  • Accent and Emphasis
  • Pronouncing Distinctly
  • Figures and Passionate Ornaments Made Manifest
  • 2 A Garden of Embellishment
  • Divisions
  • Graces
  • Part Songs
  • 3 Action
  • Part 4: Passionate Ayres Pronounced
  • 1 The Prosopopoeia in England
  • John Dowland, "Sorrow stay"
  • John Dowland, "In darknesse let mee dwell"
  • 2 Affetto cantando and Consort Singing in Italy
  • Giulio Caccini, "Deh dove son fuggiti"
  • Claudio Monteverdi, "Baci soavi e cari"
  • Appendix
  • Understanding Learned Compositions
  • The Addition of Sharps and Flats
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

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