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AbstractIn the period of the Renaissance in Italy the influence of humanism was pervasive. This thesis gives a background on humanist philosophy and then looks at its influence on the Literature and Music of the 14th Century and the 16th Century. Humanism is defined as the search for eloquence, drawing inspiration from classical sources. It is shown how eloquence in the writings of Petrarca was mainly political while in texts from the 16th century in the pastoral genre it also dealt with the expression of inner feelings. This genre was influential on composers at the end of the Renaissance, such as Claudio Monteverdi, who were searching for a compositional style that would effect the emotions of listeners; a kind of musical humanism.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Italian Language and Literature