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From Madrigal to OperaMonteverdi's Staging of the Self$
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Mauro Calcagno

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267688

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267688.001.0001

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From Petrarch to Petrarchism: A Rhetoric of Voice and Address

From Petrarch to Petrarchism: A Rhetoric of Voice and Address

(p.73) 4 From Petrarch to Petrarchism: A Rhetoric of Voice and Address
From Madrigal to Opera

Mauro Calcagno

University of California Press

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

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