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Claudio Monteverdi «Lamento della Ninfa»

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April 2017

144 pages

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Original Title: Claudio Monteverdi «Lamento della Ninfa»

The nymphs, daughters of Zeus and Thetis, live “in a fountain’s first foam, in the sparkle of a jet of spray, in reflections on the water when the foliage lets sunrays peep through. They bathe downstream, leaving the wake of their bodies […] They sing, play their instruments and dance. They do not want to be seen and yet are yearned for by hidden eyes of gods and men, lying in wait behind the bushes. They are loved and only sometimes do they love”.
Claudio Monteverdi, leafing through the Poesie del sr. Ottauio Rinuccini, noticed the canzonetta which, fortunately, was to become the Lamento della Ninfa, a work of delicate, unforgettable, singular beauty. Only such a transgressive musician, who aspired to achieving in melody an appropriate match for emotion in order to make audible what had previously been silenced, could give voice to the torn existence of creatures living between two worlds but not wholly belonging to either. Through art, literature and music, this beautiful text tells the story of the magical meeting of the Italian maestro and his nymph. This work is an incomparable tribute to love for beauty.

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«A book that should be a model and lesson for all writers of small specialized subjects».
Jordi Llovet, El País

«Ramón Andrés dives in Monteverdi almost like a cultural entomologist. Brevity is not synonymous with lightness and the best thing to do after finishing it is to read it again».
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«Few composers have known how to become so deeply intimate with the word, explore its rhythms, its nuances, its sounds, organizing them in a musical flow that surprises and moves in equal measure».
Stefano Russomanno, ABC

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