The Italian Cantata in Vienna

The Italian Cantata in Vienna : Entertainment in the Age of Absolutism

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Lawrence Bennett provides a comprehensive study of the rich repertoire of accompanied vocal chamber music that entertained the imperial family in Vienna and their guests throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries. The cantata became a form of elite entertainment composed to amuse listeners during banquets or pay homage to members of the royal family during special occasions. Concentrating on Baroque cantatas composed in the Habsburg court, Bennett draws extensively on primary source material to explore the stylistic changes that occurred within the genre in the generations before Haydn and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 119 music exx., 5 b&w illus.
  • 0253010187
  • 9780253010186
  • 1,481,527

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By taking multiple analytical approaches, Bennett establishes an overall understanding while also demonstrating how individual composers approached the genre. . . . Recommended. * Choice * [T]his book is to be recommended as shedding light on an important yet seldom-discussed repertory, written by someone whose expertise is unquestionable. * Music and Letters * This is an important book. It deserves to be warmly welcomed not only by scholars but also by performers of Baroque vocal chamber music, who will find many interesting avenues to explore. * Early Music * The book is of great use in providing a panorama of vocal chamber music during the age of Leopold I and Joseph I, identifying the characteristics of their patronage, and giving an important overview of musical entertainments at the imperial court. . . . With this book, Professor Bennett provides scholars with an important tool for understanding the context in which cantatas were composed and performed, and in which the Hapsburgs' important music collection . . . was created. * Notes *show more

About Lawrence Bennett

Lawrence Bennett is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Chair of the Music Department at Wabash College. He founded the Western Wind, a vocal ensemble that has toured professionally throughout North America, Europe, and more

Table of contents

PrefaceList of Bibliographical AbbreviationsList of RISM Sigla1. IntroductionThe Role of Music in the Daily Lives of the HabsburgsThe Scope of the BookThe Secondary LiteratureThe Cantata TerminologyForerunners of the Cantata in ViennaPart I: The Cantata in Vienna, 1658-17002. The Political and Cultural MilieuHistorical BackgroundLeopold I as Patron and ComposerHabsburg Music Chapels, 1658-1700Occasions, Places of Performance, and PerformersLibrettists3. The ComposersComposers Who May Have Written Cantatas for Vienna During the EarlyReign of Leopold IAntonio and Carlo DraghiFilippo VismarriCarlo CappelliniGiovanni Battista PederzuoliAntonio Maria and Giovanni Buonaventura VivianiGerman-Speaking Composers4. Repertoire and SourcesThe RepertoireThe Sources5. Text and MusicAntonio Maria VivianiAntonio BertaliFilippo VismarriCarlo CappelliniGiovanni Battista PederzuoliAntonio and Carlo DraghiPart II: The Cantata in Vienna, 1700-17116. The Political and Cultural MilieuHistorical BackgroundJoseph I as Patron and ComposerCultural GrowthHabsburg Music Chapels, 1700-1711Genre DesignationsOccasions, Places of Performance, and PerformersLibrettists and Librettos7. The ComposersCarlo Agostino BadiaGiovanni BononciniMarc'Antonio ZianiAttilio AriostiAntonio Maria BononciniComposers Who May Have Written Cantatas for Vienna8. Repertoire and SourcesNew Interest in the CantataThe Repertoire of Cantatas by Habsburg ComposersSources9. Style OverviewThe Style TransitionBroad Structural PlansSelection of VoicesInstrumentationDynamicsRecitative and AriosoAria KeysContinuum (Tempo/Meter)The Use of DevisenAria Designs10. Aspects of FormThe Conventional Da Capo DesignVariants from the Conventional DesignArticulation ofshow more