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Modal Subjectivities: Self-Fashioning in the Italian Madrigal

Susan McClary


This book presents a cultural interpretation of the Italian madrigal, one of the most influential repertories of the Renaissance. A genre that sought to produce simulations in sound of complex interiorities, the madrigal introduced into music a vast range of new signifying practices: musical representations of emotions, desire, gender stereotypes, reason, madness, tensions between mind and body, and much more. In doing so, it not only greatly expanded the expressive agendas of European music but also recorded certain assumptions of the time concerning selfhood, making it an invaluable resource ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, European music, polyphonic madrigal, Philippe Verdelot, Niccolò Machiavelli, chromatic experiments, Carlo Gesualdo, madrigal lyrics, madrigal music, musical meanings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520234932
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234932.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan McClary, author