Lettera Amorosa a voce sola in genere rappresentativo – Se i languidi miei sguardi

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567 - d. 1643)
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Composer: Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567 - d. 1643)

Performance date: 01/07/2012

Venue: St. Brendan’s Church

Composition Year: 1619

Duration: 00:08:29

Recording Engineer: Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm

Instrumentation Category:Small Mixed Ensemble

Instrumentation Other: Mez-solo, rec vc, lu, hpd

Artists: Joanna Boślak-Górniok - [harpsichord]
Dohyo Sol - [theorbo/archlute]
Kate Hearne - [recorder/cello]
Cristina Zavalloni - [mezzo-soprano]

publication of Monteverdi’s
book of Madrigals
1619 signified the beginning of the monodic revolution and the
renunciation of the Renaissance ideal of the 5-part madrigal in
favour of a more varied and modern style of song-writing. In true
Baroque spirit, Monteverdi gave the book the title
keeping in the fashion of wanting to show that this work contained
something new and exciting. Despite the deprivation of a scenic
context, Monteverdi manages to evoke a real sense of drama in his
Lettera Amorosa.
It is written
genere rappresentativo,

calling for a declamatory style that avoids all rhythmic rigidity,
something which was still quite new to audiences in the early 17th
century, and certainly had never been experimented with to such an
extent outside the safe haven of the courtly opera world. In an
outpouring of emotion,
faithful messenger of affection
expresses all the
sentiments of loving from afar… bleeding hearts, beauty, fire,
golden rain…the ramblings of a soul lost in the labyrinth of love.