Monteverdi as discepolo: harmony, rhetoric and psalm-tone hierarchies in the works of Ingegneri and Monteverdi.
Journal of Musicological Research, 15, (2), . (doi:10.1080/01411899508574716).
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Scholars have long acknowledged that Claudio Monteverdi owed more than a passing debt of gratitude to his teacher, Marc' Antonio Ingegneri. However, perception of this debt to date has been confined to perfunctory assessments of Ingegneri's use of motivically-articulated structures. Using parameters outlined in contemporary treatises, including Pietro Pontio's Ragionamento di musica (1588), it can be shown that the harmonic design of certain Ingegneri madrigals is related to both the structure and the concetto of the text. Furthermore, in a few madrigals, Ingegneri appears to have constructed cadential plans on pitch relationships taken from psalm-tones, a strategy normally associated only with sacred music. This approach may also be found in several of Monteverdi's early madrigals, including 'Sfogava con le stelle' from his Fourth Book. This study shows that Ingegneri provided Monteverdi with exemplars for using cadential organization as both a compositional tool and a rhetorical device.
* A version of this paper, entitled ‘Monteverdi as discepolo: Re-evaluating Ingegneri's Legacy’, was presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association, held at Trinity College, Cambridge on 31 March-2 April 1995. I am grateful to Tim Carter, Jeanice Brooks and Geoffrey Chew for reading various stages of the draft, and for their generous and helpful comments.
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