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Claudio Monteverdi

Linda Maria Koldau

in Music

ISBN: 9780199757824
Published online February 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0015
Claudio Monteverdi

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Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567–d. 1643) occupies a prominent position in music history. His innovations in musical composition and aesthetics decisively contributed to a fundamental change in the general understanding of music and compositional style. While Monteverdi studies have largely focused on his contribution to the rise of opera as a genre (most notably, the Orfeo of 1607) and on his development of the madrigal, he was equally prominent as church composer. His professional life covers all areas of composition. After his education as singer and instrumentalist at Cremona Cathedral under Marc-Antonio Ingegneri, his professional life was divided into his more-than-twenty-year service as string player and later maestro di cappella at the court of Mantua and the final thirty years in the position of maestro di cappella at St. Mark’s in Venice. His output extant until today covers nine books with madrigals; the operas Orfeo (1607), Arianna (1608, lost except for the famous Lamento d’Arianna), Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (1641), and L’incoronazione di Poppea (1642); the 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the collection also contains a polyphonic Mass setting); two voluminous collections with church music composed in Venice; and several smaller collections with various secular and sacred works. A great number of dramatic, sacred, and smaller secular compositions are lost.

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Subjects: Music ; Applied Music ; Ethnomusicology ; Music Theory and Analysis ; Musicology and Music History ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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