Musical Borrowing
An Annotated Bibliography

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[+] Monterosso Vacchelli, Anna Maria. "Elementi stilistici nell' Euridice di Jacopo Peri in rapporto all' Orfeo di Monteverdi." In Congresso internazionale sul tema Claudio Monteverdi e il suo tempo: Venezia, Mantova, Cremona, 3-7 maggio 1968, Relazioni e comunicazioni, ed. Raffaello Monterosso, 117-27. Verona: Valdonega, 1969.

Jacopo Peri's music has been consistently underappreciated by recent scholarship in favor of the operatic and musical mastery of his contemporary Claudio Monteverdi. But a comparison of similar stylistic elements between Peri's Euridice and Monteverdi's Orfeo demonstrates the flaws in this musicological hierarchy. The importance of text expression in Peri's opera manifests itself in a number of ways that are mirrored in Monteverdi's Orfeo. A limited but selective use of instruments in the orchestral accompaniment can be found in both operas. There is also a very similar use of melodic expression in points of recitative and soliloquy. This relationship can be found in a comparison of sections from Peri's Euridice with Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Orfeo. Thus, in a more careful study of Peri's opera, one finds a number of elements that constitute an important precursor to Monteverdian theater.

Works: Monteverdi: Orfeo (117-27), Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (121).

Sources: Jacopo Peri: Euridice (117-27).

Index Classifications: 1600s

Contributed by: Elizabeth Elmi

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