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Claudio Monteverdi

A Research and Information Guide, 1st Edition

By Susan Lewis, Maria Virginia Acuña


242 pages

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Claudio Monteverdi: A Research and Information Guide is an annotated bibliography that navigates the vast scholarly resources on the composer withthe most updated compilation since 1989. Claudio Monteverdi transformed and mastered the principal genres of his day and his works influenced generations of musicians and other artists. He initiated one of the most important aesthetic debates of the era by proposing a new relationship between poetry and harmony. In addition to scholarship by musicologists and music theorists, Monteverdi’s music has attracted attention from literary scholars, cultural historians, and critical theorists. Research into Monteverdi and Renaissance and early baroque studies has expanded greatly, with the field becoming more complex as scholars address such issues as gender theory, feminist criticism, cultural theory, new criticism, new historicism, and artistic and popular cultures. The guide serves both as a foundational starting point and as a gateway for future inquiry in such fields as court culture, opera, patronage, and Italian poetry.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Monteverdi in His World and Ours


Monteverdi: A Chronology

1. Reference

General Reference

Monteverdi Reference

Catalogs of Monteverdi’s Music

Monteverdi’s Letters, Documents, and Writings

2. Collections of Essays and Conference Proceedings

3. Studies of Monteverdi’s Life and Works

Specialized Studies

Studies of Documents and Sources


4. Claudio’s Brother: Giulio Cesare Monteverdi

5. Theory and Aesthetics

Theoretical Contexts

Aesthetics and Debates on the seconda pratica

6. Canzonetta and Madrigal Books

Secular Song around 1600

Monteverdi as Madrigalist

Monteverdi in Relation to His Contemporaries

Monteverdi’s Poetic Choices

Madrigali, Libri I–III

Madrigali, Libro IV–V

Scherzi musicali (1607)

Madrigali, Libro VI

Madrigali, Libro VII

Scherzi musicali (1632)

Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi, Libro VIII

Madrigali, Libro IX

Spiritual Madrigals and Contrafacta

7. Dramatic Works

General Studies of Early Opera

Venetian Opera and Opera in Venice

Studies of Monteverdi’s Dramatic Works

L’Orfeo (1607)

Arianna (1608) and the Lament Tradition

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (163940)

Le nozze d’Enea (16401)

About the Authors

Susan Lewis is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Her other publications include Editing Music in Early Modern Germany (Ashgate, 2007; Routledge, 2017), The Madrigal: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge, 2012), Music in the Baroque World: History, Culture, and Performance (Routledge, 2016), and numerous articles and reviews.

Maria Virginia Acuña holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto and has taught courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University. Her research has been funded and recognized by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the Eugene K. Wolf Grant awarded by the American Musicological Society, and the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General