“Neomadrigalismo italiano”: To study the old to renovate the new [second part]

Lorenzo Donati


The connection between compositional research and that musicolog- ical has characterised, as we have seen, an important line of thought in the early twentieth century: we need only remember the musicological researches of Raffaele Casimiri and all the scholars who participated in the journal «Note d’archivio». This desire for the rediscovery and appre- ciation of the musical patrimony of Italy could perforce not also involve compositional considerations: in particular, of those composers who from reasons of study or personal interest had approached the vocal ambience. An interest in compositional processes of the Renaissance and early Ba- roque, while not being defined precisely as a style or a school, became fertile ground to cultivate, and a meeting place for many scholars and composers.

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