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Title: Aspects of genre in the secular vocal music of Cornelis Verdonck (1563/4-1625)
Author: Vanballenberghe, Nathalie
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2007
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The composer Comelis Verdonck (1563/4-1625) lived and worked in Antwerp at end of the sixteenth century and early seventeenth century. Although his compositions were published in famous anthologies, his life and work remained neglected. Max Seiffert and Paul Bergmans both worked on Verdonck's biography. However, the popularity of the name Verdonck and the lack of official documents made their task a difficult one. Although it had been suggested that there might have been two musicians with the same name, until now, no one has disentangled the evidence. First hand research in the Antwerp City Archive and Antwerp Cathedral Archive has brought new material to light proving that there were at least two musicians called Comelis Verdonck associated with Antwerp at the end of the sixteenth century. One of them is responsible for the music forming the subject of this study. In the course of this thesis, Comelis Verdonck will be placed within the context of musical life in Antwerp, his relations with his patrons and colleagues, and the importance of his works within the Antwerp print culture. Two case studies will highlight the aspects of genre and Verdonck's predilection for the French texted compositions. A comparative study ofVerdonck's chanson Thyrcis vouloit mourir with Italian madrigals setting Guarini's poem Tirsi morir volea and an examination of Bicinia Sive Cantiones (1590) (an anthology of two-voice works including several ofVerdonck's works) reveal the great influence of madrigal writing on the chanson genre. Verdonck's two major publications Poesies Françoises (1599) and Madrigali a Sei (1603) will each be examined in separate chapters. This study is completed by the first modem edition of all known (some incomplete) works by Verdonck.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Vocal music