The art of counterpoint in stile nuovo sacred polyphony in seventeenth-century Italy [electronic resource].

Kang, YouYoung.
309 p.
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The sacred music of the early to mid seventeenth-century Italy assimilated a new virtuosic, representational style of composition with the contrapuntal practice of the previous century. Although seventeenth-century sacred music has often been regarded as an antiquated contrapuntal practice, much of the sacred repertory embraced characteristics associated with secular vocal genres: use of instruments, basso continuo, florid virtuosic melodies, passaggi , unconventional harmonies, and duet and trio textures.
This study newly examines the seventeenth-century concepts of counterpoint and composition as formulated in contemporary musica prattica treatises and shows how stile nuovo elements combined together with traditional and uniquely seventeenth-century contrapuntal and compositional strategies in sacred musical works. Seventeenth-century pedagogical treatises by Banchieri, Diruta, Zacconi, Penna, and Bononcini not only instructed readers in a strict prima prattica style, but also showed how "counterpoint" provided the foundation and flexibility to compose and perform music in the new styles.
I focus on two representative collections of polyphonic sacred pieces: motets composed by Carissimi for the German College and psalms and vespers music composed by Monteverdi for San Marco. Analysis of these distinct repertories clarifies the relationship between counterpoint and harmonic structure, shows how the juxtaposition of various contrapuntal textures shapes meaning of the text, and outlines how certain contrapuntal and rhythmic features create musical affect. The discussion of basso continuo and passaggi also provides insight into contemporary performance practices. In conclusion, this study re-evaluates polyphony's role in seventeenth-century music and suggests a more significant role for seventeenth-century Italian sacred music within musicological history.
Thesis (Ph.D. in Music) -- University of Pennsylvania, 1999.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 60-12, Section: A, page: 4243.
Supervisor: Cristle Collins Judd.
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School code: 0175.
Judd, Cristle Collins, advisor
University of Pennsylvania.
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Dissertation Abstracts International 60-12A.
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