The Power of Affections: An International Conference

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An international conference organized by the Center for Italian Studies and the Music Department of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Institute for Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.

Today, scholars from various disciplines fully recognize the great cultural value of seventeenth century opera librettos and their extraordinary effectiveness in working as a conduit for music and spectacle, contradicting Giovan Mario Crescimbeni's 1700 claim that librettos like Giacinto Andrea Cicognini's Giasone (music by Cavalli) were emblematic of the decline of Italian poetry and of the diminishing power of affections (la forza degli affetti).

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