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Quae est ista, quae consurgens ut Aurora rutilat? Píseň písní v Monteverdiho Nešporách z roku 1610

Title in English Quae est ista, quae consurgens ut Aurora rutilat? The Song of Songs in Monteverdi´s Vespers of 1610


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Opus musicum
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords polystyle; recitative; psalms; motets; concertato style; affects; antico; moderno; polyphony; echo; sacred; secular
Description The Marian Vespers (Vesperae Beatae Mariae Virginis) of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi are the most outstanding cycle of Italian early Baroque sacred music. The Vespers mix Renaissance style known as stile antico with new expressive means – stile moderno. The dramatical effect is done through synthesis and mutual tension of often contradictory elements. Especially the new approach to the text, defined by Monteverdi as seconda prattica, inputs secular elements derived from Monteverdi’s madrigals and stage works into his sacred music. In the Vespers, this is particularly obvious in the motets inspired by the Song of Songs. The musical setting of the Old Testament text is gradually transformed into Marian themes, using a progressive recitative style. In the Vespers, Monteverdi creates a timeless type of sacred music which broadly exceeds the narrow liturgical purpose.

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