The Department of Music and Dance presents a lecture by Emiliano Ricciardi as part of the Research in Music Series.
Titled Form in the Late Italian Madrigal: Torquato Tasso's Literary Theories and Their Musical Ramifications, the abstract reads: What is the relationship between poetic and musical form in late Italian madrigals? This paper seeks to answer this question by examining the work of the most important poet of late sixteenth-century Italy, Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), and its musical ramifications. In particular, I argue that through his theoretical works and poems Tasso contributed to creating a widespread taste for goal-oriented poetic forms, in which each line or section builds momentum towards a closing statement. This taste finds a musical counterpart in the emphasis that many madrigal composers placed on the endings of their compositions, as I will show focusing on select settings of Tasso's poetry.