Universität Wien FIND

160062 VO Between Humanism, Court, and Republic: "Opera" (2021W)

from its Origins in the 16th Century until its Further Venetian Development in the Early Decades of the 17th Century



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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Unfortunately, the lecture has to be cancelled on 29.11.2021 due to participation in a concurrent conference.

Monday 04.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 11.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 18.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 25.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 08.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 15.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 22.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 06.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 13.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 10.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 17.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 24.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Goals and contents: The lecture aims to show how, starting from reflections in humanist circles of the 16th century, the "Gesamtkunstwerk" "opera" developed to its first full bloom in Venice in the middle of the 17th century. In this context, the harbingers, such as the "intermedi" together with the "courtly" phase, will also be considered. Material for this lecture is partly drawn from the FWF research project "Early Venetian Opera and the Literature of the "Incogniti"" (P 31859-G), based at the University of Salzburg.
Method: Lecture with PowerPoint slides

Assessment and permitted materials

Mainly through an oral examination to be held at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

60 points are required for a positive assessment of the course:

1 (very good) 100-90 points
2 (good) 89-81 points
3 (satisfactory) 80-71 points
4 (sufficient) 70-60 points
5 (not sufficient) 59-0 points

Examination topics

The topics dealt with in the lecture, which are to be learned and deepened through the literature listed below - possibly expanded in the course of the course - and the materials provided, like PowerPoint slides.

Reading list

• Claude V. Palisca, “Girolamo Mei, Mentor to the Florentine Camerata”, The Musical Quarterly, 40/1 (1954), 1-20
• Alois M. Nagler, Theatre festivals of the Medici: 1539 – 1637, New Haven: Yale University Press (1964)
• Wolfgang Osthoff, Theatergesang und darstellende Musik in der italienischen Renaissance, Tutzing: Schneider (1969)
• Claude V. Palisca: ‘The “Camerata Fiorentina”: a Reappraisal’, Studi musicali, 1 (1972), 203-36
• ders., “Theory of Dramatic Music”, in Humanism in Italian Renaissance Musical Thought, New Haven & London: Yale University Press (1985), 408-33
• Lorenzo Bianconi, Music in the Seventeenth Century, übers. David Bryant, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1987)
• Claude V. Palisca, The Florentine Camerata: Documentary Studies and Translations, New Haven: Yale University Press (1989)
• Ellen Rosand, Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (1991)
• Silke Leopold, Claudio Monteverdi und seine Zeit, Laaber: Laaber Verlag (1993)
• Warren Kirkendale, The Court Musicians in Florence during the Principate of the Medici with a Reconstruction of the Artistic Establishment, Florence: Olschki (1993)

Association in the course directory

MA: M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, M06, M07, M12, M13

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