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Stanford Camerata Presents: An Artistic Collaboration in Renaissance Italy – A Musical Canzoniere

Tue April 30th 2024, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Event Sponsor
Department of Music
Green Library, Bing Wing
459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Hohbach Hall Presentation Room (HH122)

Please join the Stanford Camerata for the inaugural iteration of their lecture-and-roundtable series Musica Transdisciplinas. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Renaissances at Stanford, this event features distinguished musicologist Jessie Ann Owens (UC–Davis), former president of the Renaissance Society of America and of the American Musicological Society. Prof. Owens’s paper explores a collaboration between a poet and a composer to create a musical canzoniere. The poet, perhaps the Venetian priest Giovanni Brevio, curated a collection of lyric poems to form a sonnet cycle reminiscent of aspects of Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta. The composer, Cipriano de Rore, a Fleming newly arrived in Italy, found a novel way to represent the narrative arc of the poems in music. This unprecedented artistic collaboration, preserved as Cipriano’s I madrigali a cinque voci (Venice, 1542), invites speculation about the impetus for its creation and the patrons who supported its publication.

Following Prof. Owens’s paper and a brief Q&A, the event will transition into a roundtable with Stanford Profs. Paula Findlen (History) and Sarah Rolfe Prodan (French & Italian). This discussion will delve into the intersection of music with broader humanities research as well as the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary academic writing. Attendees from across the humanities are encouraged to engage in the dialogue, sharing insights and experiences from their own engagement with music studies. Your participation will not only enrich the conversation but also enter you into a drawing for a chance to win the critically acclaimed 2019 CD recording of Cipriano's I madrigali (1542) by Blue Heron. Let’s come together to foster a dialogue that transcends disciplinary boundaries!

Admission Information:

  • Free admission
  • Note that Stanford University guidelines now state that masks are no longer required, but are strongly recommended. We encourage you to continue wearing masks for the comfort of our patrons, staff, and artists. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required.