A Poetry Precise and Free: Selected Madrigals of Guarini
Jones, Nicholas R. A Poetry Precise and Free: Selected Madrigals of Guarini. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018.
University of Michigan Press
A Poetry Precise and Free collects 150 lyric poems by the Renaissance Italian poet Giovanni Battista Guarini in new translations, accompanied by the Italian originals and commentary that will enlighten and engage both scholars and general readers. Guarini’s madrigals provide insight into northern Italian court culture of the late Renaissance, when poetry and music were enjoyed as companion arts. Hundreds of composers of Guarini’s day set his lyric poems to music. Primarily known today in their vocal settings, most famously those of Claudio Monteverdi, the poems merit appreciation in their own right.
Medieval and Renaissance studies, Music, Literary Studies -- 16th and 17th century literature