MUSICHE DI CORTE E DI STRADA DEL '500 E DEL '600

 

The historical context

 

he early vocal music was sung in a manner different from that of modern operatic music. In the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, the words, their pronunciation and the expressiveness of the singer were considered more important than the music itself. The singer would use the voice differently, the primary intent being to communicate the feelings to the audience according to the meaning of the words.

The singer's musical education would usually have included learning to play an instrument, perhaps devoting some space to improvisation. These and other factors were to develop vocal music into one of the richest fields in early music, one which undoubtedly deserves a place of paramount importance within in the range of vocal expressive forms.

 

 

 

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