Learn about Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, one of the first operas (Birth of Opera) were ever written.
About this course
Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo premiered in Mantua in 1607 and continues to be regarded as one of the most important examples of early opera. With L ‘Orfeo, Monteverdi helped to establish the techniques and traditions that continue to inform the genre of opera to this day.
Harvard’s Thomas Forrest Kelly (Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music) guides learners through the first half of L’Orfeo, highlighting aspects of operatic form and dramatic technique, the rehearsals and cultural context for the premiere performance, and the work’s continued relevance today. There will also be a focus on Monteverdi’s life and work as a Renaissance court musician.
In this music course, you will learn the basics of operatic form and analysis, the genres and styles used, and the circumstances of this opera’s first performance and subsequent history. Learners in this course need not have any prior musical experience.
What you will learn from this course on the Birth of Opera?
- Identify and describe the technical and formal aspects of 17th-century opera
- Understand the instruments of Monteverdi’s orchestra, as well as the voice types of the singers
- Appreciate the cultural context and performance circumstances of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo
1. Introduction to the First Nights Series (Optional)
- Introduction to the First Nights Modules
- The Second Point – The Culture
- The Third Point, the Listener – How Do We Describe Music?
- Pre-Course Survey
2. Performance of Act 2
- Performance of Act 2
3. Lesson 1: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera
- Introduction to Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo
- Mantua in 1607
4. Lesson 2. The Birth of Opera: Song
- “Vi ricorda o boschi ombrosi”
5. Lesson 3: Recitativo
- Segui pur and Ahi! caso acerbo
- Analyzing Tu se’ morta
6. Lesson 4: The Birth of Opera: First Performance
- How Did the First Performance Look and Sound?
- The First Performance
- How Did the First Performance End?
7. Lesson 5: Live Performance
- Live Performance with Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
- Lecture and Performance
8. Unit Quiz
- Unit Quiz
9. Music Theory (Optional)
- Introduction to Music Theory
- Pitch Basics
- Musical Time
- Pitch Structure
10. End of Course Survey
- End of Course Surve
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- Harvard University
- Online Course
- 1-4 Weeks
- Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
- Culture History Musical instruments Opera