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The Baroque Libretto

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

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    The Baroque Libretto
    Book Description:

    The Baroque Librettocatalogues 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.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8721-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. List of Plates
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. Introduction to the Baroque Libretto
    (pp. 1-40)

    The librettos described in this book are part of the Italian Play Collection housed in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. In her 1961 catalogue of items published in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Beatrice Corrigan gave the following account of the acquisition of the plays:

    Hugh Hornby Langton, then Chief Librarian, spent the final year of his tenure of office (1922) in Europe, provided with a fund which was to be spent on the purchase of special collections. Professor Milton A. Buchanan, at that time head of the Department of Italian and Spanish in...

  6. [Illustrations]
    (pp. 41-56)
    (pp. 57-206)

    The complex history of the first opera is best described in the preface to Marco Gagliano’s resetting ofLa Dafne(Mantua, 1608): “Dopo l’avere più e più volte discorsi intorno alla maniera usata dagli antichi in rappresentare le lor tragedie... il Sig. Ottavio Rinuccini si diede a compor la favola diDafne, il Sig. Jacopo Corsi, d’onorata memoria... compose alcune arie sopra parte di essa, delle quali invaghitosi, risoluta di vedere che effetto facessero su la scena, conferì insieme col Sig. Ottavio il suo pensiero al Sig. Jacopo Peri, peritissimo nel contrapunto e cantore d’estrema esquisitezza: il quale, udita la...

  8. Appendix I French Librettos
    (pp. 207-218)
  9. Appendix II English Librettos
    (pp. 219-226)
  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 227-234)
  11. Indexes
    (pp. 235-244)