Describe the development of opera in the early seventeenth century. In
what sense was Greek tragedy a model for opera? What did the members of the
Florentine Camerata do to promote the revival of Greek ideals that ultimately
led to opera? How were these ideals manifested in the music? Please describe at
least two musical examples in support of your answer.
How was music supported
financially in the seventeenth century, and by whom? How did the situation
differ in various countries, and how did this affect music? Please provide
examples of composers and/or musical works in support of your answer.
What new concepts or
procedures were developed in the period 1600–1650 as composers sought to find
ways to capture human emotions in music? Please provide two musical examples in
support of your answer.