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Composers as Readers in the Renaissance

Posted By Eugenio Refini, Monday, May 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Composers as Readers in the Renaissance


To what extent and in what ways can we consider musical settings of poems forms of commentary on the texts? How do composers engage with the interpretation of the lyrics through their musical settings? How do musical settings of poems compare to textual commentaries? In which ways does a musical setting explain or enlighten the semantic and stylistic values of a given text? Can we read musical settings as forms of literary criticism? In order to explore these questions, we invite paper proposals addressing any form of musical setting in the Renaissance, including madrigals, opera, etc. Papers on methodological issues are also welcome. Proposals should include the following:


- a paper title (15-word maximum)

- abstract (150-word maximum)

- keywords

- a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted.


Please review the submission guidelines on the RSA website:


Paper proposals should be sent to Eleonora Stoppino ( and Eugenio Refini ( by May 31, 2017. 

Tags:  Commentary  literary criticism  madrigals  music  musical settings  opera  poetry 

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