The mass collection Octo missae (1663) by Francesco Foggia (1603-1688): an analytical study and critical edition

Galasso, Giula (2019) The mass collection Octo missae (1663) by Francesco Foggia (1603-1688): an analytical study and critical edition. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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Francesco Foggia (1603-1688) was one of the most prominent maestri di cappella of seventeenth-century Rome and an important mass composer. Historically, he has been regarded as one of the last heirs of Palestrina, largely due to the writings of Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657-1743) and Giovanni Battista Martini (1706-1784). More recently, scholars have reassessed his style in his motets, psalms and oratorios. However, his mass style has received little rigorous scholarly attention. This is partly because of the scarcity of critical editions of his works. The present study presents critical editions of five of the masses from his Octo missae (Rome: Giacomo Fei, 1663). In conjunction with the three masses included in Stephen R. Miller‟s recent edition (2017), the entire volume is now available in full score. This enables an informed reassessment of Foggia‟s mass style. The present study analyses his use of features, such as time signatures, full choir and stile concertato, textures, thematic treatment and borrowing procedures. It compares Foggia‟s mass style with those of his predecessors, mainly Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594), Ruggero Giovannelli (c.1560-1625), near predecessor Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) and contemporaries, Bonifatio Gratiani (1604/5-1664), Orazio Benevoli (1605-1672). It argues that Foggia blended the influences of his predecessors and the Roman mass tradition with those of his contemporaries to produce an individual mass style that is very much of his style.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Date: 17 April 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Francesco Foggia, Mass/ Masses, Messe
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
W300 Music
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > Doctoral Theses Collection
Depositing User: Doris Riou
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 09:57
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 09:28

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