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Dies irae. Requiem in musica dal Cinquecento all’Ottocento

Dies irae. Requiem in musica dal Cinquecento all’Ottocento

Dies irae connects anthropological evidence, philosophical reflection, statistical data and artistic experiences in a path that unfolds over time, from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth century, in order to make sense of the history of the requiem, a reflected image of mankind sent back to us by the history of death. In order to identify connections with the pathways of the collective conscience on death, in Dies irae the history of the requiem is questioned from a musical perspective, aimed at observing moments and works from different angles (history of mentality, archival documentary research, musical analysis). There are two main ways of investigation: the origins of the Mass for the dead and the relationship between music and liturgical text; the secularization of the requiem read through the lens of masses composed in the years of the French Revolution and the Restoration.

Genre: Essays

Subject: Music

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Year of publication: 2022

Published in: Roma

Number of pages: 322

Price: 25

ISBN: 978-88-9374-043-2

Foreign rights manager: Gianfranco Russo

Dies irae. Requiem in musica dal Cinquecento all’Ottocento

Simone Caputo

Simone Caputo, Ph.D., carries out research in the field of music in ancient and contemporary cultures. He is editor-in-chief of the musicological journals Chigiana and Il Saggiatore musicale. He edited Pergolesi Studies 7 (2012), Nove studi su Benjamin Britten (2015), and Out of Nature (2020, with Candida Felici). In 2019 he published the critical edition of Niccolò Jommelli’s Trionfo di Clelia.