Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, volume 9 (2003) no. 1
ISSN: 1089-747X

John Walter Hill
Beyond Isomorphism toward a Better Theory of Recitative

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Intensity, Pitch Tracings, Harmonicity, and Durations in a Speech by Orfeo Compared with Peri’s and Caccini’s Musical Settings


Orfeo: O mio fedel, ne pur picciola stilla De l’infinito mare
  O, my friend, not even a small drop of that infinite sea
  A gli occhi tuoi traspare Che di dolcezza Amor nel cor distilla.
  to your eyes is disclosed which love distills from sweetness in my heart.

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