Title: The Madrigal at Ferrara: 1579-1597
Author: Newcomb, Anthony
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Year published: 1980
Place of Publication: Princeton, NJ
Book Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Notes: Anthony Newcomb, The Madrigal at Ferrara: 1579-1597, Princeton Studies in Music, 7 (2 vols., Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1980), pp. 303; 220. Publisher’s off-white buckram binding. Off-white DJ with red and black titling on front, back and spine, with medals relating to the Ferrarese court printed on front and back. Dampstains on binding edges, DJ slightly sunned. A near fine copy of this important study in the history of Renaissance music. Volume I: text; volume II: musical examples. The blurb on the dust jacket front flap reads: ‘Focusing on the court of Ferrara, in particular on its cultivation of secular vocal music and on the establishment there of a new group of performers in 1580, Anthony Newcomb augments our understanding of one of the most brilliant cultural centers of the Renaissance – home of Ariosto, Tasso, and Guarini. On the basis of extensive research in previously unexplored documentary material in Italian libraries and archives, Professor Newcomb presents a substantially revised picture of musical culture in late Renaissance Italy. His text includes detailed analyses of over 25 madrigals that have been unavailable in modern editions and are contained here in an appendix.’ At the time of the book’s publication Anthony Newcomb was Associate Professor of Music at the University of California at Berkeley.