By Paul Schleuse
In Italy throughout the overdue cinquecento, published tune might be chanced on not just within the houses of the rich or the track specialist, but in addition in lay houses, courts, and academies. now not limited to the salons of the elite, song took at the function of social play and game. Paul Schleuse examines those new musical types via a examine of the song books of Italian priest, poet, and composer, Orazio Vecchi. Composed for minor buyers and the broader music-buying public, Vecchi's madrigals took as their topics game-playing, ingesting, looking, battles, and the lifetime of the road. Schleuse seems to be at how song and game-playing allowed singers and performers to play the jobs of exemplary pastoral characters and likewise comedian, overseas, and "rustic" others in ways in which outlined and eventually bolstered social norms of the days. His findings reposition Orazio Vecchi as essentially the most leading edge composers of the overdue sixteenth century.
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