Chapter

Constructions of Character

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/9780520249349.003.0007
Constructions of Character

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This chapter presents an analysis of characters as individuals. Many of Monteverdi's interventions in Ritorno and Incoronazione are evident from a comparison of the textual and musical sources. The most striking alterations in Ritorno strengthen the overall dramatic structure, as seen in shaping an epic or rewriting Penelope. Character development, too, is enhanced by such revisions. Gian Francesco Busenello's libretto for L'incoronazione di Poppea was also radically reshaped by Monteverdi, the composer once again more fully realizing the dramatic potential latent in the text.

Keywords: Monteverdi's intervention; Ritorno; Incoronazione; dramatic potential

Chapter.  28123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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