Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

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Dramatic madrigal by Monteverdi to text by Tasso (verses 52–68 of Canto XII of Gerusalemme liberata). Prod. Venice (Palazza di Girolamo Mocenigo) 1624. Pub. 1638 in Madrigali guerrieri e amorosi. Monteverdi's description of f.p. shows that this could be claimed as early example of ‘music theatre’. A narrator comments upon the action, which is acted or danced by Tancred and Clorinda. A feature of the score is the earliest‐known use of the str. tremolo, or stile concitato, to express excitement, and the str. pizzicato (but see pizzicato). Scoring is for 4 viols with contrabass and hpd.

Subjects: Music.

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