Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism)

4.5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780521885218: Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism)

This book explores the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century. Born in 1626 into a bourgeois family in Pistoia, Italy, Atto Melani was castrated to preserve his singing voice and soon rose to both artistic and social prominence. His extant letters not only depict the musical activities of several European centers, they reveal the real-life context of music and the musician: how a singer related to patrons and colleagues, what he thought about his profession, and the role music played in his life. Whether Atto was singing, spying, having sex, composing, or even rejecting his art, his life illustrates how music-making was always also a negotiation for power. Providing a rare glimpse of the social and political contexts of seventeenth-century music, Roger Freitas sheds light on the mechanisms that generated meaning for music, clarifying what music at this time actually was.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

Exploring the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century, Freitas tells how the castrato Atto Melani rose to musical and social prominence. Whether Atto was singing, spying, having sex, composing, or rejecting his art, this book illustrates how music-making was always also a negotiation for power.

About the Author:

Roger Freitas is Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 124.00
US$ 103.32

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Freitas, Roger
Published by Cambridge University Press (2009)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2009. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780521885218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 103.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Freitas, Roger
Published by Cambridge University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780521885218_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 104.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.13
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

ROGER FREITAS
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780521885218 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0502342

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 104.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.57
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Roger Freitas
Published by Cambridge University Press (2009)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 448 pages. 9.70x7.10x1.10 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0521885213

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 109.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Roger Freitas
Published by Cambridge University Press (2009)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2009. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our US warehouse in 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND.Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780521885218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 109.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Freitas, Roger
Published by Cambridge University Press (2009)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780521885218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 129.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Freitas, Roger
Published by Cambridge University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 18
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press, 2017. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0521885213

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 133.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Roger Freitas
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. This book explores the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century. Born in 1626 into a bourgeois family in Pistoia, Italy, Atto Melani was castrated to preserve his singing voice and soon rose to both artistic and social prominence. His extant letters not only depict the musical activities of several European centers, they reveal the real-life context of music and the musician: how a singer related to patrons and colleagues, what he thought about his profession, and the role music played in his life. Whether Atto was singing, spying, having sex, composing, or even rejecting his art, his life illustrates how music-making was always also a negotiation for power. Providing a rare glimpse of the social and political contexts of seventeenth-century music, Roger Freitas sheds light on the mechanisms that generated meaning for music, clarifying what music at this time actually was. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780521885218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 139.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Roger Freitas
Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.This book explores the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century. Born in 1626 into a bourgeois family in Pistoia, Italy, Atto Melani was castrated to preserve his singing voice and soon rose to both artistic and social prominence. His extant letters not only depict the musical activities of several European centers, they reveal the real-life context of music and the musician: how a singer related to patrons and colleagues, what he thought about his profession, and the role music played in his life. Whether Atto was singing, spying, having sex, composing, or even rejecting his art, his life illustrates how music-making was always also a negotiation for power. Providing a rare glimpse of the social and political contexts of seventeenth-century music, Roger Freitas sheds light on the mechanisms that generated meaning for music, clarifying what music at this time actually was. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780521885218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 144.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Freitas, Roger
Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521885213 ISBN 13: 9780521885218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0521885213 Special order direct from the distributor. Bookseller Inventory # ING9780521885218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 158.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book