Sources and Authenticity

Ellen Rosand

in Monteverdi's Last Operas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249349
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933279 | DOI:
Sources and Authenticity

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This chapter notes that for no other contemporary opera are the surviving sources so numerous, so varied, and so complex as those of Monteverdi's. In part because of their unusual profusion, the sources for all three of these operas are particularly difficult to reconcile with one another; reconciliation in each instance requires hypotheses regarding function and chronology. The chapter examines the librettos for Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Le nozze d'Enea e Lavinia, and L'incoronazione di Poppea.

Keywords: Venetian opera; Monteverdi; Ritorno; Nozze; Incoronazione

Chapter.  13850 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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