ELEVENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BAROQUE MUSIC
Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004
Between theory and practice: a dramaturgical reading of shepherds and nymphs conflicts
The well-known composer Francesco Gasparini (1661-1727) was a prolific author of operas and cantatas, living between Rome and Venice in a crucial moment as to the codification of Baroque musical language. Famous historical memoirs (by Padre Martini and Quantz), as well as some interesting private letters sent by the author to princess Maria Livia Spinola Borghese, somehow reveal that recitative was one of the stylistic key features in Gasparini's compositional musical concept. This important role is confirmed when reading his consistent treatise L'Armonico Pratico, (Venice, 1708; in particular, chap. IX Delle false dei Recitativi, e del modo di Far Acciaccature): moving between theory and practice, this paper aims at enucleating morphological structures, looking at their rhetorical function in the overall dramatic frame of the cantata.
Last updated on 09 May 2004