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Trace the development of opera from its origin in the Baroque period with the Camerata in Florence to its full flowering in the work of Mozart. Be sure to discuss reform movements and their rationales, significance, and value. Please be sure to discuss how each type of opera reflected its times.
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According to The Vintage Guide to Classical Music by Jan Swafford, the author wrote that, "In 1601, Italian singer and composer Giulio Caccini signed onto a revolution with the preface to his collection of solo songs called Nuove musiche (New Music):
'In the days when the most excellent Camerata...was thriving in Florence, where not only much of the nobility but also the city's first musicians, intellects, poets, and philosophers met...I learned more from their savant speeches than I had in over thirty years' study of counterpoint. For those most knowledgeable gentlemen were always urging me...not to prize the sort of music which, by not letting the words be properly understood, spoiled both the sense and the verse...to suit the counterpoint (that mangler of poetry); but rather to adhere to the manner so much praised by Plato and other philosophers, according to whom music consists of speech, rhythm, and last, sound--not the contrary....Wherefore, having made a beginning [composing] ...
Camerata in Florence is fully exemplified and referenced in this guide.