This week at The Avid Listener, Andrew Dell’Antonio discusses several performances of one of the biggest hits of the 17th century: Claudio Monteverdi’s “Si dolce è il tormento.” You won’t want to miss Andrew’s description of how the 17th century musical notation would have been brought to life; take special note of his tasty ravioli metaphor! This essay continues a thread we’ve been developing about how notation works in different contexts and times. What musical decisions did 17th century musicians have to make when performing this song? How do modern performers approach the song? And what does this have to do with pasta?