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MUS HIST 3300/5300 Opera History
Spring 2013
Terms and concepts for Midterm

For the following terms and concepts from lectures and the assigned chapters in Grout & Williams: please be able to: 1) give a brief definition of each term, and
2) relate each term to the repertoire that we have studied

Terms, by Week/Grout & Williams Chapter:

Week 1/Chapter 3-4
Court opera
Intermedio
Monody (accompanied monody)
Giulio Caccini. Le nuove musiche; “recitar cantando, cantar recitando” Jacopo Peri
Camerata Fiorentina
Basso continuo
Theorbo
Strophic aria
Ritornello
Obbligato instruments
Favola in musica

Week 2/Chapter 5-6
Maestro di capella
Commedia del Arte
Opera buffa
Public opera
Stile concitato
Lament (on ground bass)
Teatro San Cassiano/1637
Castrati

Week 3/Chapter 9.
Benigne de Bacilly
Philippe Quinault
Académie Royale de Musique
Tragédie en musique
Air
Lully’s recitative (especially metric properties)
Agrément
Air de cour
Divertissement
Les quatre-vingt violins de Roi (24 violins of the king/5-part string band) Haut-contre
French overture
Querelle des Bouffons

Week 4/Chapter 10.
Commonwealth of England
Restoration
Masque
Ground-bass aria
Lute song
Anthem

Week 5/Chapter 11.
Opera seria
Italian overture (sinfonia)
Da capo aria
Lieto fine
Tone painting/word painting/musical symbolism
Royal Academy of Music (English)
Concertino/ripieno

Week 6/Chapter 12-13
Opera of moods/affects
Older & newer styles (ie. baroque/pre-(or proto-)classical) Galant style
Opera reform (1730s)
Metastasio
Opera seria aria types (as given here)
Pasticcio
Insertion aria/suitcase aria
Coloratura
Cadenza
Bravura aria
Pier Francesco Tosi
Recitativo semplice (secco)/ recitativo accompagnato
5-section da capo aria (Metastasio/Hasse)

Week 7/Chapter 14.
Jean Philippe Rameau
Opéra comique
Opera reform (1760s)
Ranieri de Calzabigi
Azione teatrale

Week 8/Chapter 15-16
Intermezzo (again, in a...
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