Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music

Honnêtes gens, Amateur Musicianship, and the “Easy Air” in France: The Case of Francesco Corbetta’s Royal Guitars
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2017) Vol. 20, No. 1

This essay argues that seventeenth-century French guitarists calibrated their compositions to the requirements of honnêtes gens, amateur musicians who wished to appear at ease during musical performance. The guitarists’ stylistic development, traced in this essay, tended toward the production of ...

To the Tune of Witchcraft: Witchcraft, Popular Song, and the Seventeenth-Century English Broadside Ballad
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2017) Vol. 19, No. 1

Broadside ballads—single sheet tabloid publications that related current events, politics, and gossip for the price of a penny—combined decorative woodcuts and poetic verse sung to orally circulating melodies. During the seventeenth century in England, singing, hearing, and seeing ballads was ...

Music in the Service of the King’s Brother: Philippe I d’Orléans (1640–1701) and Court Music outside Versailles
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2017) Vol. 19, No. 1

The court of Louis XIV’s younger brother, Philippe I d’Orléans (called “Monsieur”), offers insights not only into the musical life of the largest French princely establishment outside Versailles, but also into aristocratic negotiation with royal image-making and the changing role ...

Francesco Foggia (1603–88): A Biography
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2017) Vol. 19, No. 1

Though Francesco Foggia ranks among the most prolifically published composers of seventeenth-century Italian music, particularly in the realm of liturgical music, his life, works, and institutional activities in Rome have remained little known until recently. The kind of biographical data ...

Venus in the House of Mars: Martial Imagery in Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (1638)
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2016) Vol. 18, No. 1

Monteverdi’s Canti guerrieri, the first part of his Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi of 1638, is not particularly warlike. This is not exactly news: the title itself makes obvious to even the most casual observer the central metaphor of the book, ...

The Expressive Use of Ostinato Techniques in Seicento Composition
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2016) Vol. 18, No. 1

Quite early in his career, Claudio Monteverdi began to use textural structures that would later be termed concertato. While passages dividing the five-part texture of a madrigal into alternating groups of higher and lower voices are already generally found in ...

Monteverdi’s Mass and Vespers of 1610: The Economic, Social, and Courtly Context
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2016) Vol. 18, No. 1

The Mass and Vespers published by Claudio Monteverdi in 1610 was only one of as many as fifty-sixty or more collections of sacred music published in Italy during just that single year.[1] Of these, a full thirty-six contain music for ...

The Arianna Model: On Claudio Monteverdi’s Musical Conceptions
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2016) Vol. 18, No. 1

The body of pronouncements made by Claudio Monteverdi concerning his self-perception as a composer, his compositions, and his aesthetic is not very large, though it is quite rich and significant in content. Yet if one attempts to approach his work ...

Seconda pratica: Counterpoint and Politics
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2016) Vol. 18, No. 1

Seconda pratica: In its day, the topic couched in this catchphrase triggered a heated debate that has in turn presented a multitude of questions to later scholars. In returning to the so-called Artusi-Monteverdi Controversy, I wish to discuss two aspects: ...

L’Orfeo del 1607: Un madrigalista all’opera
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (2016) Vol. 18, No. 1

Non credo di peccare di partigianeria se dico che L’Orfeo di Monteverdi è il più antico esempio di teatro tutto cantato ancor oggi pienamente vitale: La rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo, e le Euridici di Peri e Caccini mi ...


The Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (JSCM) is published by the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music to provide a refereed forum for scholarly studies of the musical cultures of the seventeenth century. These include historical and archival studies, performance practice, music theory, aesthetics, dance and theater. JSCM also publishes critical reviews and summary listings of recently published books, scores, recordings, and electronic media.

Publisher Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
Country United States of America
ISSN (Print) 1089-747X
Year started 1995
Indexed 209 articles
Licence Open Access

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