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In Search of Voice: <i>Musical Petrarchism in the Sixteenth-Century Madrigal</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/9780520267688.003.0006
In Search of Voice: Musical Petrarchism in the Sixteenth-Century Madrigal

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Chapter 5 investigates the musical side of Petrarchism in the madrigal before Monteverdi, from the microlevel of verbal resonances and emphasis on specific words to the macrotextual level of modeling print collections of poems and madrigals on the Canzoniere. This range of possibilities is explored from the point of view of creators, performers, and listeners, in works by Verdelot, Arcadelt, Willaert, Rore, Wert, and Marenzio, focusing on these composers' appropriation of the voice of poets, as well as on the listeners' perception of it. Through madrigal books, musicians created stories that effectively met the expectations of listeners, who stored in their memories narrative patterns absorbed by reading poetry collections. These composers calibrated the relationships between narrator and characters in a variety of ways, assembling texts from disparate literary sources and modifying them to suit their own purposes.

Keywords: madrigal; Petrarchism; Pietro Bembo; Italian studies; Jacques Arcadelt; Adrian Willaert; Cipriano de Rore; Giacques de Wert; Luca Marenzio; subjectivity; self

Chapter.  39539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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