The Baroque Libretto: Italian Operas and Oratorios in the Thomas Fisher Library at the University of Toronto

By Domenico Pietropaolo and Mary Ann Parker

© 2011

The Thomas Fisher Library at the University of Toronto houses a major collection of opera and oratorio librettos associated with performances across Europe. In addition to containing the text of musical dramas, these books incorporate aspects of historical detail and literary history, as well as biographical details of performers. The Baroque Libretto catalogues the Baroque Italian operas and oratorios in the Fisher Library and offers an analysis of how the study of libretto can inform the understanding of opera. The volume also catalogues French and English items from the same period in appendices.

This comprehensive discussion draws on the literary, musical, dramatic, and theatrical aspects of each libretto while also considering its philosophical, historical, social, and economic contexts. The result is a work with appeal for those curious about the operatic genre and contemporary European culture.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
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  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.8in x 0.7in x 11.3in
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The Baroque Libretto catalogues the Baroque Italian operas and oratorios in the Thomas Fisher Library at the University of Toronto and offers an analysis of how the study of libretto can inform the understanding of opera.

The Baroque Libretto: Italian Operas and Oratorios in the Thomas Fisher Library at the University of Toronto

By Domenico Pietropaolo and Mary Ann Parker

© 2011

The Thomas Fisher Library at the University of Toronto houses a major collection of opera and oratorio librettos associated with performances across Europe. In addition to containing the text of musical dramas, these books incorporate aspects of historical detail and literary history, as well as biographical details of performers. The Baroque Libretto catalogues the Baroque Italian operas and oratorios in the Fisher Library and offers an analysis of how the study of libretto can inform the understanding of opera. The volume also catalogues French and English items from the same period in appendices.

This comprehensive discussion draws on the literary, musical, dramatic, and theatrical aspects of each libretto while also considering its philosophical, historical, social, and economic contexts. The result is a work with appeal for those curious about the operatic genre and contemporary European culture.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.8in x 0.7in x 11.3in
  • Reviews

    'The Baroque Libretto reflects the legendary, long-standing collaboration between Domenico Pietropaolo, a world authority on the history of the Italian libretto, and musicologist Mary Ann Parker. Not only does it provide analyses of the literary, musical, and dramatic aspects of the Fisher collection's librettos, but it also sets them in their philosophical, historical, and economic contexts. The Baroque Libretto provides a solid foundation for understanding much about the operatic genre of this period.'
    Don Neville, Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario
  • Author Information

    Domenico Pietropaolo is the Head of the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto.



    Mary Ann Parker is a professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    List of Plates
    Acknowledgements
    Preface

    Introduction

    1. The Collection
    2. The Opera Libretty
    3. The Music
    4. Dance in Italian Opera
    5. The Oratorio

    Italian Librettos, 1600-1728, in the Thomas Fisher Library
    Bibliography
    Indexes
    Appendix

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