Fifty selected Poems, set for Voice

Tasso, Torquato (1544–1595), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Torquato Tasso, (known in Italian as il Tasso), was an Italian poet, born in 1544 in Sorrento (the Campania region of Italy). Suffering from mental illness since the age of 30, he died in Rome on 25 April 1595, just a few days before Pope Clement VIII was due to crown him “King of Poets”. Tasso is best remembered for La Gerusalemme liberata (formerly translated as Jerusalem Delivered, now Jerusalem Liberated, 1580), an epic poem in which he depicts, in the style of the romances of chivalry, the battles that pitted the Christians against the Muslims during the siege of Jerusalem at the end of the First Crusade. Until the early 19th century, Tasso was one of the most widely read poets in Europe.

The fifty poems presented in this edition were all, at one time or another, set for voice. The poems are sourced from the Rime, unless otherwise indicated. The Rime (Rhymes), comprising nearly two thousand lyrics in nine books, were written between 1567 and 1593 and were strongly influenced by Petrarch’s Canzoniere.

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Kline, A. S.

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