"compiacimento di purgattissimo conoscimento" - Performing Gesualdo in Mid-Seventeenth Century Rome

Kirnbauer, Martin. (2019) "compiacimento di purgattissimo conoscimento" - Performing Gesualdo in Mid-Seventeenth Century Rome. In: Carlo Gesualdo e il suo tempo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi Gesualdo-Salerno, 16-17-18 novembre 2013. Avellino, pp. 169-180.

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The title of the presentation contains two elements: a citation (referring, of course, to Carlo Gesualdo, the then and today praised madrigal composer) and a statement worth discussing, namely that Gesualdo's music was not only known and studied in the 17th century, but that his music was also still performed (at least at a certain time and place). Roman documents from the middle of the 17th century illustrate interesting aspects of performance practice of Gesualdo's madrigals, especially concerning his notorious use of many accidentals, which I call 'vieltönig' (using verbatim 'many pitches') and which is more fully investigated in a recent publication (Martin Kirnbauer, Vieltönige Musik - Spielarten chromatischer und enharmonischer Musik in Rom in der ersten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts , Basel 2013). Based on this I would like to argue that especially Gesualdo's madrigals formed the core of a distinguished repertory, which lead to later so-called 'madrigali al tavolino'.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Musikwissenschaft
UniBasel Contributors:Kirnbauer, Martin
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item, refereed
Conference or workshop item Subtype:Conference Paper
Publisher:Terebinto Edizioni
Series Name:Istituto Italiano di Studi Gesualdo
Issue Number:1
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Conference paper
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