The Italian Cantata in Vienna

Entertainment in the Age of Absolutism

by Lawrence Bennett

Published by: Indiana University Press

392 pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in, 119 music exx., 5 b&w illus.

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253010186
  • Published: October 2013


  • eBook
  • 9780253010346
  • Published: October 2013


Lawrence Bennett provides a comprehensive study of the rich repertoire of accompanied vocal chamber music that entertained the imperial family in Vienna and their guests throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries. The cantata became a form of elite entertainment composed to amuse listeners during banquets or pay homage to members of the royal family during special occasions. Concentrating on Baroque cantatas composed in the Habsburg court, Bennett draws extensively on primary source material to explore the stylistic changes that occurred within the genre in the generations before Haydn and Mozart.