Divining the Oracle
Monteverdi's Seconda prattica
Challenged in print for the unconventional aspects of his music, Monteverdi found himself at the center of a debate between defenders of Renaissance principles and the newest musical currents of the time. The principles of the seconda prattica, Ossi argues in this sophisticated analysis of Monteverdi's writings, music, and approaches to text-setting, were in fact much more significant to the course of Monteverdi's career than previously thought by modern scholars-not only did Monteverdi continue to pursue their aesthetic and theoretical implications for the rest of his life, but they also affected his dramatic compositions as well as his chamber vocal music and sacred works.
Ossi "divines the oracle" of Monteverdi's ambiguous theoretical concepts in a clear way and in terms of pure music; his book will enhance our understanding of Monteverdi as one of the most significant figures in western music history.
Prologue: Diving the Oracle
1. The Public Debate, I: Prima and Seconda Prattica
2. Toward a New Conception of the Madrigal Book: Aspects of Large-scale Organization in the
Fourth and Fifth Books
3. The Canzonetta
4. The Blurring of Genres in Individual Madrigals
5. The Public Debate, II: The Philosopher's Seconda Prattica
6. The Genere Concitato
Appendix of Original Texts