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Music and the Myth of Arcadia in Renaissance Italy

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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521899567

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  • The idea that there was a time when men and women lived in perfect harmony with nature and with themselves, though rooted in classical antiquity, was one of the most fertile products of the Renaissance literary and artistic imagination. This book explores one specific aspect of this idea: the musical representation and stylization of the myth of Arcadia in sixteenth-century Italy. Giuseppe Gerbino outlines how Renaissance culture strove to keep this utopia alive and demonstrates how music played a fundamental role in the construction and preservation of this collective illusion. Covering a range of different musical genres, including the madrigal, music for theater, and early opera, the book overcomes traditional barriers among genres. Illustrative music examples, including previously unpublished music, serve to expand the reader's knowledge of this important repertory, and provide insights into the role of music in the preservation of cultural myths.

    • The first English-language book to provide a thorough study of the musical representation of the myth of Arcadia in Renaissance Italy, generating new musicological interest in the topic
    • Covers a range of different musical genres - the madrigal, music for theatre, early opera
    • Will be of interest to scholars in the fields of music, theatre, literary criticism, and art history
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    • Winner of the Lewis Lockwood Award 2010

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521899567
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 178 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.06kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 25 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: music in Arcadia: an unsettled tradition
    1. The idiosyncrasies of chronology
    2. The return of the shepherd
    3. Musical remedies
    4. On the cusp between language and music
    5. Musical eclipses: theatre
    6. The boundaries of the genre
    7. Singing like shepherds, singing like peasants
    8. Ruzante's song and the rustic picturesque
    9. Re-founding pastoral theatre
    10. The (female) performance of high culture: the madrigal
    11. A pastoral society
    12. The dark side of Arcadia
    13. Marenzio's utopia of the senses
    14. Lost in Arcadia
    Epilogue: pastoral, opera and the impossibility of tragedy.

  • Author

    Giuseppe Gerbino, Columbia University, New York
    Giuseppe Gerbino is Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Columbia University, New York.


    • Winner of the Lewis Lockwood Award 2010

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