Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo (Play of Soul and of Body)
Emilio de' Cavalieri. Sacred opera in a prologue and three acts. 1600.
Text attributed to Agostino Manni.
First performance at the Oratorio di S Maria in Vallicella, Rome, in February 1600.
In a musical morality play Soul and Body dispute, with the participation of other allegorical
characters, angels and souls in Heaven or in Hell.
The work combines attempts to restore something of ancient classical drama with traditional and
Counter-reformation religious dramatic traditions, here associated with the Oratorian movement in
contemporary Rome. Although colourfully staged in 1600, it points towards the new genre of
oratorio, without staging.