Class: MUSIC 711 Graduate Seminar in Music History, Text and Music, 1475-1650
Instructor: Dr. Mitchell P. Brauner
Term: Fall, 2011
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The objectives of this course are to examine opera in terms of its dramatic presentation, the relationship of text and music in opera, and how music conveys or carries drama.
Abstract: Verdelot’s early polyphonic setting of ‘Divini occhi serini’ can be shown to utilize basic principles of Bembo’s principles of Petrarchan syntax to bring out subtle meaning in text by employing the technique of variazione--contrasts in sound and texture. While ‘Divine’ is largely structured around verse form and predates the period of madrigal writing more typically associated with the exploitation of Bembo’s ideas, it nevertheless demonstrates early and effective use of variazione.
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