Grateful Friends, True Friends: Gifts of Music and Poetry Associated with Girolamo Fenaruolo

This paper discusses humanist ideas of male friendship in sixteenth-century Italy. It focuses on the music and poetry associated with the cleric Girolamo Fenaruolo, exploring the different types of friendship mentioned, and the symbolic nature of a gift of a music book. If the gift of a book between friends is a token of the friend’s body, as Alan Bray has argued, what (if anything) might it mean for the book to be a collection of songs that the friends are to sound with their bodies? (In: “Uno gentile et subtile ingenio”: Studies in Renaissance Music in Honour of Bonnie Blackburn ed. Gioia Filocamo, M. Jennifer Bloxam, and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Épitome musicale ed. Philippe Vendrix, 709-18. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.)

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