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From Petrarch to Petrarchism: <i>A Rhetoric of Voice and Address</i>

Mauro Calcagno

in From Madrigal to Opera

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520267688
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951525 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267688.003.0005
From Petrarch to Petrarchism: A Rhetoric of Voice and Address

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A powerful discourse on a flexible self emerges in the opening sonnet of Petrarch's Canzoniere, discussed also in musical settings by Monteverdi and Wert. Petrarch's view of the self was appropriated, inflected, and socialized in late Renaissance literary Petrarchism, of which the madrigal was an epiphenomenon. Representative figures of the literary side of Petrarchism practiced and theorized about a “rhetoric of voice and address,” a way in which poets communicated to readers/listeners, which was then appropriated by musicians.

Keywords: Petrarch; Petrarchism; madrigal

Chapter.  11806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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