Orlando di Lasso and the commedia dell'arte

Katritzky, M. A. (1996). Orlando di Lasso and the commedia dell'arte. In: Schmid, Bernhold ed. Orlando di Lasso in der Musikgeschichte. Bericht über das Symposium der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften München, 4-6. Juli 1994. Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Abhandlungen, Neue Folge (111). München, Germany: Verlag der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften / C. H. Beck Verlag, pp. 133–155.

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In addition to his prodigious musical achievements, Orlando di Lasso has earned a significant place in theatre history through his involvement with the commedia dell'arte, as director, composer and writer, but also as a comic actor who mastered several demanding stage roles. This article examines Lasso's contribution to the early history of the commedia dell'arte and suggests ways in which a Flemish musician based in Bavaria might have acquired, as early as the 1560s, acting skills which evidently did not compare unfavourably with those of contemporary Italian professionals. (Language: English)

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