Laurent de La Hyre, Allegory of Music, 1649, detail. The Metropolitan Museum
Prologue from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (1609). Le Concert des Nations & La Capella Reial de Catalunya – Jordi Savall, director, Montserrat Figueras, soprano:
Additional Digital Resources:
Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso (London, 1755). Read volume 1 of Ariosto’s famous epic in a bilingual edition (English and Italian), dedicated to George II, which would inspire many operas.
Torquato Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered (London, ca. 1790). Read an English translation of Tasso’s famous epic, which would inspire several operas and ballets, including several considered in this book.
Early Modern Science:
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Explore the “Galileo Project” at Rice University, with valuable information about Galileo, his life and discoveries, and science in the early seventeenth century.
Early Modern Science Lab. Explore early modern notions about the body, nature, and the heavens at the Early Science Lab page from Stanford University, created by Paula Findlen and Rebecca Bence. Section on the body particularly recommended!
The pianofortes of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). Listen to and read about one of the earliest surviving pianos housed at the Department of Musical Instruments in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY.
Learn the basics about how music was printed in the baroque era in this film, narrated by Handel scholar Donald Burrows
Early Modern Festival Book from the British Library
Peruse the many publications about royal festivals, banquets, operas, and other musical theater productions
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de Santillana, Giorgio. The Crime of Galileo. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/710646
Eck, Caroline van, and Stijn Bussels, eds. Theatricality in Early Modern Art and Architecture. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/729724682
Haar, James, ed. European Music, 1520–1640. Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press 2006. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/64097887
Hill, John Walter. Baroque Music: Music in Western Europe, 1580–1750. Norton Introduction to Music History. New York: Norton, 2005. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/56213949
Hills, Helen, ed. Rethinking the Baroque. Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/694616504
Kite-Powell, Jeffery, ed. A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music. 2nd ed. Publications of the Early Music Institute. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/707212741
Laqueur, Thomas. Making Sex: Bodies and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21375348
Maravall, José Antonio. Culture of the Baroque: Analysis of a Historical Structure, trans. Terry Cochran. Theory and History of Literature 25. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12974936
Minor, Vernon Hyde. Baroque and Rococo: Art and Culture. New York: Abrams, 1999. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/41431746
Munck, Thomas, Seventeenth-Century Europe: State, Conflict and the Social Order in Europe, 1598–1700. Macmillan History of Europe. Basingstoke, Hants: Macmillan, 1990. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/19263726
Skrine, Peter N. The Baroque: Literature and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Europe. London: Methuen, 1978. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/601010718