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Cao, Hélène – Dante and nineteenth-century music




After being set to music by the madrigalists of the late Renaissance, Dante entered a purgatory from which he was not to emerge until the early nineteenth century. In 1805, Nicola Zingarelli’s Canto XXXIII di Dante inaugurated a long series of compositions based on the works of the Florentine writer. Nevertheless, only a part of his oeuvre appealed to the Romantic sensibility: composers almost always chose the Divine Comedy; and in that magnum opus, their preference went to the Inferno, from which they most often extracted the tragic love story of Francesca da Rimini (Canto V).

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  • DONIZETTI, Gaetano (1797-1848)
  • GODARD, Benjamin (1849-1895)
  • LISZT, Franz (1811-1886)
  • THOMAS, Ambroise (1811-1896)
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  • Sérié, Pierre – Dante in the fine arts of the nineteenth century