NYCC's Fall 2019 Project
Poetry in Harmonic Motion
Italian Renaissance Verse and its Musical Settings
As musicians, we tend to look at a song first in terms of its musical characteristics: melody, tessitura, polyphonic treatment, harmonic motion, etc. A musician in the Renaissance probably would have first considered the poetic form before addressing its musical setting. In this overview of Italian poetic forms, we will consider the various types of lyric verse, exploring how form informs function, and what techniques were employed by composers, players and singers in giving them musical enhancement and amplification. Poetic forms will include ottava rima (strambotto, epic stanzas), terza rima (capitolo, Petrarch's Trionfi) sonetto, madrigale, canzone and canzonette, sdrucciolo, and the quartternari employed in the first opera prologues. The musical settings will range from the late 15th century to the mid-17th century, with emphasis on styles of solo singing to the lute and other instruments.
First meeting: Tuesday, Sep 10
Performance: Tuesday, Dec 10
Temperament: 6 Comma
The Collective meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
2nd Floor Lounge (buzz "18" on the intercom).