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Church of San Lorenzo. Oversacristy


Music, poetry and the conception of the world in the Spanish Renaissance

At the same time, important changes arise in thought, in the arts, and in the general style of life. These changes run in parallel because the same conception of the world underlies them. Moreover, the succession of historical epochs is produced by the emergence of new conceptions. This is the case with early modernity, which begins with the Renaissance and is substantially identified with the 16th and 17th centuries.One of the most important aspects of modernity is an image of man conceived as a singular individual in his relationship with the world and with others. This idea is present in the birth of important literary and artistic manifestations, such as, for instance, the novel, the portrait or the madrigal. In 16th century Spain, madrigalistic music develops the sentimental world of Renaissance poetry in a peculiar way. Poets and musicians show the effect of individuality in the exploration of self-consciousness; and they also share the same expressive impulse, understood as the need to express what the poet and the musician express with their creation.

Guillermo Fernández Rodríguez-Escalona, linguistics professor. Doctor in Spanish Philology, professor of baccalaureate and professor of General Linguistics at the Carlos III University, he has focused his research activity on linguistics, the relations between music and language, and literature. He has published, in collaboration with V. Báez and M. Loma-Osorio, several works on syntactic-semantic schemes of Spanish, disseminated mainly in Lorenzo Hervás. Documentos de trabajo de lingüística general y teórica. On the relationship between language and music he has published works focused on theoretical reflection (“Significado musical y significado lingüístico”, 208) and, especially, on the cantares de gesta (“La cantilación de la épica medieval”, 2010). In the field of literary research, he has dedicated several works to the versification of the Cantar de Mio Cid, to Cervantes (La concepción cervantina del hablar, 2016) and to the literary footprint of the Communities of Castile (La imagen literaria de los comuneros, 2021).