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Mus. History 5

L'Orfeo Monteverdi's 1st opera, commissioned by Gonzaga. Produced in 1607 @ Mantua. Modeled on L'Euridice. Wide range of styles and genres. Librettist- Alessandro Striggio
L'Arianna Monteverdi opera, commisioned by Gonzaga. Only 1 piece survives
Vespro della Beata Vergine "Vespers of the Blessed Virgin"
Il Ritorno d'Ulisse Opera by Monteverdi near end of life. "Return of Ulysses", 1640. Based on part of Homer's Odyssey
L'incoronazione de Poppea 1643, Monteverdi near end of life. Historical opera based on Nero's ilicit affair with Poppea
Strophic Variation Early 17th century vocal genre. Setting of a strophic poem in which melody of 1st stanza is varied but the harmonic plan remains essentually the same.
Stile concitato "Excited style" Style devised by Monteverdi to portray anger and warlike actions, characterized by rapid reiteration of a single note.
Arioso style Style of vocal writing that approaches the lyricism of an aria but is freer in form.
Monteverdi Most innovative and imaginitive composer of his day. Only vocal works. Music is always suited to the text.
Created by: kerysaford
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