The Illusion of the Prima Pratica and Seconda Pratica in the Music of Willaert and Rore Public Deposited

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  • Atkins, Karen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • In his famous Dichiaratione defending Claudio Monteverdi from Giovanni Maria Artusi, Giulio Cesare Monteverdi listed Adrian Willaert as the composer that typified the prima pratica and Cipriano de Rore as the leader of the the seconda pratica. Giulio Cesare Monteverdi's construction of the prima and seconda pratica and the composers who supposedly typify it is a strategy in his debate with Artusi, but the accuracy of his assessment has been taken for granted by musicologists. I uncouple the analysis of Willaert and Rore's music from the writings of Giulio Cesare Monteverdi. The end results of this analysis show Willaert and Rore to be clear contemporaries in style, with Willaert more progressive in his text setting than his prima pratica association indicates, and Rore frequently following the older eight-mode system that informed the publication of his first books of madrigals.
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  • MacNeil, Anne
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2012

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