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  • The Intermedio And Oper The Importance Of Opera

    In opera, the composer is the dramatist. In opera the music interprets, crystallizes, and intensifies the expressive meaning of the words, far beyond anything with the words alone are capable of (Greenberg, 2009, L11, 8:35). During the transitory period of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, the tremendous increase in the popularity of secular stage drama punctuated by musical intermezzos (music played between the acts of stage plays) invariably ignited opera into existence. As discussed by Greenberg (2009), the intermezzo and the madrigal evolved and flourished during the late sixteenth century and led directly to the invention of opera. ‘The intermezzi had music, they accentuated the dramatic and emotional content of the play in which they were interpolated and all the leading Italian composers wrote them” (L29, 17:30). By the late sixteenth century these intermittency, which were so well received, began to increase in the spectacle of its production and musical forces; audiences craved for more and the composers at the time were more than happy to oblige them. As discussed by Greenberg (2009), the Florentine composer Emilio de ' Cavalieri wrote the very first intermezzo in which he referred to its genre as an intermedio/madrigal for the purpose of the opening ceremony for the wedding of Grand Duke Ferdinand de ' Medici and Christine of Lorraine in 1589 entitled Dalle Piu Alter Sfere (from the highest sphere). This musical work contains four instrumental parts with the…

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  • The Baroque Music Period

    started around the 1600s, was the start of great growth in the composition timeline. In this period, composers like Bach and Purcell dominate and bring forth new forms like ritornello and fugue. Romantic music, starting in the 1800s, goes into a thematic transformation. Composers like Chopin and Schubert are popular during this time, and new forms such as cyclic and strophic arise. The Baroque music period focused mainly on the idea of tonality. Composers began to use new instrumentation…

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  • Personification In Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Bells'

    I feel as though this part is more about the burial of the main character rather than the actual death itself. “What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!” (Stanza 4, line 3) This line gives me the image of a cemetery where those who are alive are mourning the dead who lie silent. The people in the steeple watch, parted from their recently deceased loved one, “And the people- ah, the people-/They that dwell up in the steeple/All Alone.” (Stanza 4, lines 10-12). Edgar Allan Poe goes…

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  • Music During The Middle Ages

    madrigal and it is expressive and secular. In the 1650-1900, Opera was the most popular type of entertainment in the Renaissance Era. John Farmer composed a song called “Fair Phyllis,” that is an English Madrigal. Another well known composer is Orlando de Lassus (1530-1594). He wrote over 2,000 works for all styles of music. He had Latin, French, English, and German vocal genres. Another era of music is the Baroque era (1600-1750) and it is the first era that is still performed today. The…

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  • Mourning And Melancholia Analysis

    dimension of human life. The word “suicide” is attributed to Sir Thomas Browne, who coined it in 1636 to replace the more condemnatory “self-murderer” (MacDonald 36). Subsequently, coroners' verdicts of suicides shifted from “felons unto themselves” (felo de se) to non compos mentis (“not in sound mind”) (MacDonald 42). The seventeenth century, then, witnessed a transformation in the understanding of an act that Samuel Johnson's Dictionary defined as the “crime of destroying one's self.” While…

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  • Music During The Baroque Period

    during HOLY WEEK in the Medici parish church in Santa Felicita (Caccini). Caccini became a singer, instrumentalist, and composer for the Medici court (Emerson 28). In 1618, she composed II primo libro delle musiche a una e due voci, which was a very popular and compelling piece of music. Eventually, she was asked by the court to produce an extensive piece of music for the upcoming arrival of King Wladislaw IV of Poland (Emerson 23). Up for the challenge, in 1625 Caccini wrote an opera called La…

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  • Jealousy In Prometheus's Punishment

    Zeus’s hopes to destroy man (234). This nuance strengthens the resonance of the plot with this claim about pity’s intrinsic danger: Prometheus pitied man, who had no one else to pity him, and now pitiful Prometheus faces a similar fate, bound to a rock on the edge of the world where not even mortals might find him and weep over his pain. Prometheus has been brought down to the level of those he pitied, both metaphorically and literally since he is bound on Earth. Prometheus himself seems to…

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