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Francesco Bartolomeo Conti : his life and music /
Hermine Weigel Williams.
imprint
Adershot, UK ; Brookfield, VT : Ashgate, c1999.
description
xiv, 281 p. : ill., music.
ISBN
1859283888 (hb)
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imprint
Adershot, UK ; Brookfield, VT : Ashgate, c1999.
isbn
1859283888 (hb)
general note
An expanded and rev. version of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University, 1964.
catalogue key
3192558
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hermine Weigel Williams is Scholar in Residence at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-05-01:
Along with John Joseph Fux and Antonio Caldara, Conti was one of the most influential composers and performers at the Habsburg court in Vienna during the 18th century. Williams (Hamilton College), coauthor with Marvin Paymer of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: A Guide to Research (CH, Jun'90), drew on more than 30 years of research to produce this volume. In part 1, she offers a detailed biography and a chapter entitled "The Conti Legacy," which describes the effect of the composer's work on other composers of the period. Part 2 comprises analyses of Conti's compositions: the instrumental music, cantatas, operas, intermezzos, oratorios, and sacred music. Williams concludes with a detailed bibliography, an index of works by the composer, and a general index. Clearly printed and well-bound, this excellent addition to current musical research on the Baroque era should be in every serious music collection serving upper-division undergraduates through professionals. L. Smith; emeritus, University of Western Ontario
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
William's study draws on more than 30 years of research, and presents here the first full scale life and works of the composer for over 90 years.
Long Description
Together with Johann Joseph Fux and Antonio Caldara, Francesco Conti was one of the three most important figures at the Habsburg court, responsible for positioning Vienna at the forefront of eighteenth-century musical life. In contrast to his two contemporaries, Conti has received relatively little attention from music historians. Hermine Weigel Williams's study draws on more than thirty years of research to fill this noticeable lacuna, and presents here the first full scale life and works of the composer for over ninety years.Part One of the book surveys the biographical aspects of Conti's career. Appointed court theorbist at the age of nineteen, Conti was promoted to court composer in 1713-14. Williams examines Conti's creative collaborations with some of the leading poet-librettists of the day, and the influence of his music that can be identified in works by Telemann, Bach and Handel.Part Two comprises close analyses of Conti's compositions: his instrumental music, cantatas, operas, intermezzos, oratorios and sacred music. Williams reveals Conti as a composer who constantly experimented with a wide range of French, German and Italian ideas and techniques to create his own diverse musico-dramatic style.
Unpaid Annotation
Williams (scholar in residence at Hamilton College) surveys the biographical aspects of Conti, one of the three most important musical figures at the Hapsburg Court. She examines his creative collaborations with some of the leading poet-librettists of the day and the influence of his music that can be identified in works by Telemann, Bach and Handel. She also analyzes Conti's instrumental music, cantatas, operas, intermezzos, oratorios and sacred music, revealing him to be a composer who constantly experimented with a wide range of French, German, and Italian ideas and techniques to create his own diverse musico-dramatic style.
Table of Contents
List of examplesp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
Introductionp. xi
From the Medici to the Habsburgsp. 3
The years 1706-1711p. 15
The years 1711-1713p. 30
The years 1713-1722p. 37
The years 1722-1732p. 55
The Conti legacyp. 68
The instrumental musicp. 83
The cantatasp. 104
The operasp. 126
The intermezzosp. 169
The oratoriosp. 197
Sacred musicp. 226
Conclusionp. 250
Appendixp. 253
Bibliographyp. 255
Index of works by Contip. 267
General indexp. 271
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