What Is L Orfeo Homophonic?

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L’Orfeo is a baroque favola by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). The opera is a retelling of the Orpheus Legend; in which the son of Apollo, a gifted musician, travels to the underworld to take back his deceased wife only to fail because of his doubt of the God of the Underworld, Hades. The piece is a solo recitative throughout, an example of this speech like singing can be seen at 1:25. In addition L’Orfeo is homophonic because it has one clear melody that is accompanied by strings. The strings melody have the same rhythm as the clear melody at times as well as adding harmony to the piece.

Furthermore L’Orfeo utilizes contrasts between different musical textures. The thickness of the music varies throughout the opera, as can seen by

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