Canal March

Monteverdi and the “Invention” of Melody

Raquel Andueza, soprano & La Galanía (Jesús Fernández Baena, theorbo; César Hualde Resano, guitar and baroque guitar and Bérengère Sardin, harp)

Works by C. Monteverdi, B. Ferrari y T. Merula

The premiere of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in 1607, considered the first opera in Western culture, marked the beginning of a new era in the language of music. From this point onwards, composers would progressively replace polyphonic textures with a vocal line and instrumental accompaniment. In this video, Raquel Andueza and La Galanía perform a selection of works by Italian composers of the period, all of which share a common denominator: the expression of love and the use of repetitive bass-lines that express the sadness of lost love. Thus, the Lamento della ninfa, composed by Monteverdi to a text by Rinuccini, is based on a motive consisting of four descending notes. What’s more, the text Voglio di Vita Uscir caught the attention of both Monteverdi and Benedetto Ferrari, who set it to music using the ostinato of the chaconne. Tarquinio Merula also used a similar bass-line, that of the passacaglia, in Folle è ben che si crede.

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