Music in the Seventeenth Century

Music in the Seventeenth Century

Lorenzo Bianconi


The 17th century used to be a interval of profound swap within the background of song. during this quantity Lorenzo Bianconi considers the unconventional advancements of the century as long-lived musical traditions died out and others have been created based on new social services. this era observed, for instance, the flowering of the polyphonic madrigal and its next decline in favour of a brand new concertato variety, the increase of the basso continuo and the expansion of basically instrumental composition. most significantly it observed the fast upward thrust and protracted development of a brand new style of immeasurable importance: opera. In studying the plurality of coexistent musical types Lorenzo Bianconi additionally discusses the socio-historical and cultural features of seventeenth-century tune historical past: the outlet out in the direction of rational modes of medical enquiry and theoretical hypothesis; the social place of the musician within the age of the 1st theatrical and musical marketers; the decline of Italian tune publishing and the unfold of the marketplace to northern Europe. In contemplating those difficulties Lorenzo Bianconi provides a clean photograph of musical existence within the 17th century, taking, like different books from the Italian sequence Storia della Musica, a largely contextual technique.

Show sample text content

Download sample