Representations of Monteverdi in Charles Burney's A General History of Music and Sir John Hawkins' The Science and Practice of Musick: A Study of Contrasting Historical Approaches and Methodologies in 18th-Century England Public Deposited

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  • Garrepy, Stacey
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music, Musicology Graduate Program
  • Nearly a hundred and fifty years following the death of Claudio Monteverdi, British scholars Charles Burney and John Hawkins published some of the first English language histories of music. This thesis traces the characterizations of Claudio Monteverdi and his music in their respective histories, with special emphasis on their treatments of L’Orfeo and the Monteverdi-Artusi controversy. I examine the differences between Burney and Hawkins’ historiographical methods, including that of antiquarianism versus Enlightenment-informed ideologies. I also contrast Burney’s view of music as progressing versus Hawkins’ tendency to look backward to the past, which resulted in a kind of ambivalence on the parts of both Burney and Hawkins toward Monteverdi and his 17th-century innovations. In closing, I evaluate the implication these writings had on subsequent histories of music, arguing that Hawkins’ method of presenting loosely connected material with minimal analysis would ultimately fall to the wayside, while Burney’s evaluative, style-centered chronological methodology reflects patterns of research that would coalesce in the late 19th century into the formal discipline of musicology.
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  • Nádas, John Louis
  • Neff, Severine
  • Bonds, Mark Evan
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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