Monteverdi: Vespers (1610)

by John (University of Birmingham) Whenham

Part of the Cambridge Music Handbooks Series

Monteverdi: Vespers (1610) Synopsis

Monteverdi's Vespers is an exceptional collection of sacred music, both in the inventiveness of the compositions that it contains and in the debate that it has provoked over its use in the seventeenth century and over Monteverdi's intentions in publishing it. This Handbook provides a guide to the music in all its aspects - from an introduction to the service of Vespers itself, through the practice of chanting psalms in plainsong to analysis of Monteverdi's settings, ranging from the rhetoric of the motet 'Nigra sum' to the sub-text of the psalm 'Laetatus sum'. It also examines the issues involved in performing the Vespers and evaluates various scholarly debates on the music, challenging the long-held ideas that the sacred concertos are antiphon substitutes and that the music could not have been performed at Santa Barbara, Mantua. The book includes the texts and plainsongs used by Monteverdi, and a discography.

Monteverdi: Vespers (1610) Press Reviews

'John Whenham approaches his task with an appropriately passionate sobriety, his impeccable scholarship presents all the evidence ... his speculations always command respect.' The Musical Times 'John Whenham gives an amazingly full, instructive and inspirational picture of The Vespers; this is something that can rarely be said of most manuals - this one, however, is the exception.' Canor

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521453776
Publication date: 25th September 1997
Author: John (University of Birmingham) Whenham
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 152 pages
Categories: Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, Sacred & religious music,

About John (University of Birmingham) Whenham

More About John (University of Birmingham) Whenham

Share this book