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With Passionate Voice – Re-Creative Singing in 16th-Century England and Italy - Oxford Scholarship Online
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With Passionate Voice: Re-Creative Singing in 16th-Century England and Italy

Robert Toft


The sixteenth century was an age of rhetorical persuasion, and singers delivered solo and part songs through a dramatic display of passion that inflamed the hearts and minds of listeners. Composers relied on performers to transform the written page into a powerful musical discourse and never notated subtleties of rhythm, phrasing, dynamics, pauses, accents, emphases, tempo, or ornamentation. Knowledge of the strategies Renaissance vocalists employed to liberate music from its notation enables modern performers not only to complete the creative process the composer began but also to bring songs ... More

Keywords: singing, lute songs, madrigals, performance practice, sixteenth century, England, Italy, rhetoric, oratory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199382026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199382026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Toft, author
Western University

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