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Title: Domenico Scarlatti's Tolomeo et Alessandro : an investigation and edition
Author: De La Matter, Katherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2718 0072
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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This investigation focuses on Domenico Scarlatti's Tolomeo et Alessandro (Rome, 1711), as a representative part of an understudied body of work by a composer who is well-known, but not often acknowledged for his vocal works. The dramma per musica was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Rome in this period, particularly amongst the most influential group of literati in Italy at that time: the Accademia dell' Arcadia. Scarlatti's setting of this work took place against the backdrop of the turbulent literary aesthetics of the Arcadians: the patron who commissioned the work, the librettist, and a number of members of the audience for which it was composed belonged to the organization. Assessment of the location of features of the libretto within the spectrum of Arcadian practice will preface an examination of the means by which these valued elements were realised in the musical setting. Analysis of Scarlatti' s response to the libretto will assess musical structures, instrumentation, harmonic and melodic devices and tempi, with a view to synthesising an understanding of his practice in setting those literary and theatrical devices appreciated by Arcadian listeners. The study will conclude with brief comparisons of Scarlatti's stylistic characteristics to those evident in other extant drammi per musica by the composer, select works by his father Alessandro, and Handel's setting of the same libretto: Tolomeo, re d'Egitto (1728). The sole complete score of Tolomeo et Alessandro is held by the National Trust at Belton House, Lincolnshire, UK. An edition of this score, presented in Volume II with an accompanying preface and apparatus, complements the discussion in Volume 1. In turn, Volume I provides extensive information about the physical materials of the sources of the edition, and commentary relevant to performance of the work. As complete sources of Roman operas from this period are rare, this edition is included not only as an integral part of the dissertation, but also as a resource for the reader, and for future scholarship.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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