Chapter

A Master of Three Servants

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/9780520249349.003.0006
A Master of Three Servants

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This chapter explores Monteverdi's aesthetics, as adumbrated in his letters, and then considers the ways in which the three Venetian librettists attempted to satisfy him by providing the kinds of conventional dramatic situations and texts he sought in librettos. Monteverdi had a proven track record, a long stylistic history, an established reputation for his way with words. In writing for him, the Venetian authors had that history to contend with, and the model of their predecessors to learn from: Alessandro Striggio, Ottavio Rinuccini, and Giulio Strozzi.

Keywords: Monteverdi's aesthetics; Venetian librettists; librettos; Alessandro Striggio; Ottavio Rinuccini; Giulio Strozzi

Chapter.  30019 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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