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Author Watkins, Glenn, 1927-

Title Gesualdo : the man and his music / Glenn Watkins ; preface by Igor Stravinsky.

Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.92 GESU/WATK    AVAILABLE
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description xxiv, 414 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [385]-399) and index.
Contents Preface Gesualdo di Venosa: New Perspective / Igor Stravinsky v -- List of Plates xvii -- Part 1 Man -- Chapter I Early Years: 1560-1590 3 -- Chapter 2 Ferrara: 1594-1596 37 -- Chapter 3 Last Years: 1597-1613 73 -- Part 2 Music -- Chapter 4 Question of Mannerism 95 -- Chapter 5 Text and Form 111 -- Chapter 6 Madrigals: Books I and II 133 -- Chapter 7 Madrigals: Books III and IV 149 -- Chapter 8 Madrigals: Books V and VI 165 -- Chapter 9 Late Style: Models and Successors 213 -- Chapter 10 Sacrae Cantiones 245 -- Chapter II Responsoria 259 -- Chapter 12 Miscellanea 285 -- Aggiornamenti 296 -- Epilogue Controversy 365 -- Postscript 384.
Summary Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa (1566-1613), is equally celebrated as the composer of madrigals of great power and tortured complexity, and as the murderer of his wife and her lover. His life and compositions are not unconnected. His neurotic sensibility found an ideal outlet in the Mannerist tendencies of Late Renaissance music, and his works are the most extreme examples of those tendencies.
Glenn Watkins' definitive study of Gesualdo's life and works was originally published in 1973. While the first edition culled the material for Gesualdo's portrait from a variety of previously unexplored sources, researching inspired by its publication immediately began to shed additional light upon the question of patronage, the aesthetic of Renaissance 'imitation,' and Gesualdo's link with incipient Baroque rhetorical ideals. The second edition now provides not only minor revisions to the original text but in a newly written chapter, 'Aggiornamenti', brings these more recent perspectives into play. Finally, the alternating puzzlement and awe which Gesualdo's music has continued to inspire is also reassessed in a newly structured Epilogue.
Subject Gesualdo, Carlo, principe di Venosa, approximately 1560-1613 -- Criticism and interpretation.
ISBN 0198161972 (paperback)
0198162162 (hardback)