THE LIFE AND SACRED MUSIC OF SIMONE MOLINARO (ca 1570-1636), MUSICIAN OF GENOA
This dissertation provides the most complete biography to date of the life of the Genoese musician Simone Molinaro, the first comprehensive analysis and discussion of his sacred music, and the first modern edition of nearly all of his extant sacred music. Molinaro is here revealed as one of the most significant figures in the history of Genoese music and as a composer of considerable depth, skill, and refinement whose music bridged, stylistically as well as chronologically, the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Chapter One provides a brief historical background of the city of Genoa leading up the time of Molinaro’s life, citing relevant social, economic, and cultural markers. Chapter Two centers on the history of the Genoese musical institutions for which Molinaro worked, the music chapels of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the Ducal Palace. The biography in Chapter Three includes a discussion of the reception history of Molinaro’s music up to the current day. Chapter Four consists of a survey of the texts employed by Molinaro in his publications of sacred motets, and a discussion of their use within the context and culture of northern Italian and Genoese sacred music. In the analytical survey of the works in Chapter Five Molinaro's late sixteenth-century style music is examined from a musical-rhetorical perspective. In addition, the relevance of the concept of imitatio in this music and Molinaro's use of compositional models is analyzed. The melding of traditional sixteenth-century and the newer seventeenth-century stylistic elements in the sacred concertos is discussed within an historical context. Chapter Six outlines the editorial procedures employed in the edition as well as provides a complete erratum of all corrections and emendations to the original prints. The diplomatic transcription of the music that follows will be appealing both to scholars and to performers because of its introduction to the repertoire of the period of a heretofore unknown and excellent collection of sacred vocal music.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:simone molinaro sacred music genoa late sixteenth century motet early seventeeth concerto
Date of Publication:01/01/2004