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Monteverdi's Last OperasA Venetian Trilogy$
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Ellen Rosand

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249349

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249349.001.0001

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A Master of Three Servants

A Master of Three Servants

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Monteverdi's Last Operas

Ellen Rosand

University of California Press

This chapter explores Monteverdi's aesthetics, as adumbrated in his letters, and then considers the ways in which the three Venetian librettists attempted to satisfy him by providing the kinds of conventional dramatic situations and texts he sought in librettos. Monteverdi had a proven track record, a long stylistic history, an established reputation for his way with words. In writing for him, the Venetian authors had that history to contend with, and the model of their predecessors to learn from: Alessandro Striggio, Ottavio Rinuccini, and Giulio Strozzi.

Keywords:   Monteverdi's aesthetics, Venetian librettists, librettos, Alessandro Striggio, Ottavio Rinuccini, Giulio Strozzi

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