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The Madrigals of Michelangelo Rossi

Michelangelo Rossi University of Chicago Press, 2002 - Music - 227 pages 0 Reviews Michelangelo Rossi's two books of five-voice polyphonic madrigals are among the most expressive works of their kind ever composed. Showing the influence of Gesualdo, the madrigals were probably written in Rome between 1624 and 1629, when Rossi was in the service of Cardinal Maurizio of Savoy. They were apparently never published, and there is only one complete manuscript source, which once belonged to Queen Christina of Sweden and now forms the principal source for Brian Mann's critical edition.

In his extensive introduction, Mann considers in detail the biographical, cultural, and stylistic milieu in which the madrigals were written. The scholarly edition of the music, based on a thorough examination of all the known sources, includes a complete critical commentary.

Mann's work on Rossi's madrigals has already helped revive interest in them. In 1998 a CD recording of Book I appeared on the Virgin label, performed by Il Complesso Barocco under the direction of Alan Curtis, and based on this critical edition. Preview this book »

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BOOK I 13 The Sources 23 O miseria damante 108 Or che la notte 114 Ciechi desir 124 Credetel 132 Pallida gelosia 140 BOOK II 148 Index of Compositions 227 Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Brian Mann is a professor of music at Vassar College. He is the author of The Secular Madrigals of Filippo Di Monte, 1521-1603 and editor of Paolo Quagliati: Recercate et Casone, Libro Primo a Quattro Voci, Rome, 1601.

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Title The Madrigals of Michelangelo Rossi
Volume 10 of Monuments of Renaissance Music Author Michelangelo Rossi Editor Brian Mann Contributor Brian Mann Edition illustrated Publisher University of Chicago Press, 2002 ISBN 0226503380, 9780226503387 Length 227 pages Subjects Music  › Genres & Styles  › Classical

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