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Two Scores

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249349.003.0004
Two Scores

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This chapter explores the surviving scores for Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea. Most of the questions raised by the Ritorno score are connected: its proximity to the composer, its differences from the librettos, the many corrections and inconsistencies within it, its provenance and dating, and its presence in Vienna. The manuscript consists of 136 folios in seventeen numbered gatherings, all but two comprising eight folios. Meanwhile, the Incoronazione scores reveal that Monterverdi's music and text of the premiere were some considerable distance away from the composer's original conception.

Keywords: Ritorno; musical score; Incoronazione; Monteverdi

Chapter.  30884 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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