Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Music, Cantata, Baroque, Italy, Italian music, poetics, secular vocal music, Seicento, Barbara Strozzi

Department

Music

Major

Vocal Performance

Abstract

In this study, I seek to explore the poetical and musical language of the "cantata" genre of Baroque secular vocal music. The focus is on Italian poetry and music of the Seicento (1600s) with a particular focus on the works of Barbara Strozzi, who was a prominent female composer of the time. I will examine the poetry that Strozzi used in her compositions from a socio-historical standpoint, which will enable a better understanding of how the poetry was written and why the poetry was written in that manner. I will also examine Strozzi’s personal compositional style through the way she set the poetry.

Faculty Mentor

Patrizia Lissoni

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Presentation Session

Session B

Location

Plaza Classroom 189

Start Date

21-3-2014 4:00 PM

Included in

Musicology Commons

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Mar 21st, 4:00 PM

A Look at the Musical and Poetical Language of Secular Vocal Music of the Seicento through Selected Works by Barbara Strozzi

Plaza Classroom 189

In this study, I seek to explore the poetical and musical language of the "cantata" genre of Baroque secular vocal music. The focus is on Italian poetry and music of the Seicento (1600s) with a particular focus on the works of Barbara Strozzi, who was a prominent female composer of the time. I will examine the poetry that Strozzi used in her compositions from a socio-historical standpoint, which will enable a better understanding of how the poetry was written and why the poetry was written in that manner. I will also examine Strozzi’s personal compositional style through the way she set the poetry.