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Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music$
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Susan McClary

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247345

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247345.001.0001

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Soprano as Fetish: Professional Singers in Early Modern Italy

Soprano as Fetish: Professional Singers in Early Modern Italy

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(p.79) Chapter 3 Soprano as Fetish: Professional Singers in Early Modern Italy
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Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Music
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Susan Mcclary

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247345.003.0004

“Soprano as Fetish” traces the contexts within which a craze for female singers emerged in the late sixteenth century and eventually influenced nearly every aspect of music making. Starting with the concerto delle donne in the court of Ferrara, it traces the rise of divas in the Medici court and elsewhere. It then turns to the most puzzling descendents of these women: the castrati, who challenged the apparent female monopoly on singing in the higher ranges. The chapter also examines the impact of virtuoso sopranos and their style of ornamentation on the emerging violin sonata and even on educational procedures.

Keywords:   concerto delle donne, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Vittoria Archilei, Marian Vespers, castrati, Giovanni Gabrieli, sonata, L'Incoronazione di Poppea

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