- Aug. 13, 2021
-- A precious unpublished testimony came to light in the Royal Library of Madrid
, thanks to the research of Diego Perotti,
born in 1990, graduated from the University of Verona in Languages and Cultures for Publishing and Lingustics, and currently a Ph.D student in Philology, Literature, and Performing Arts at the University of Verona and in Études Italiennes at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, and of the editorial board of the Tasso in Music project.
This is manuscript II / 3281 (initials Br), a composite code of printed pages and handwritten papers by Torquato Tasso
; the specimen was set up at the Royal Printing House of Naples in 1808 by the Capuan historian Francesco Daniele and donated to Joseph I Bonaparte, King of Spain.
As we can read in the critical edition (2021, Cesati Publications
) edited by Perotti, << the manuscript unit hands down thirty-nine madrigals plus four letters by Torquato Tasso in autograph editors, which constitute a part of the correspondence between 19 November and 16 December 1592 between Tasso and Carlo Gesualdo prince of Venosa >>.
Nella Real Biblioteca di Madrid rinvenuti Madrigali autografi di Torquato Tasso a Carlo Gesualdo dallo studioso italiano Diego Perotti - Sorrento Post (https://www.sorrentopost.com/nella-real-biblioteca-di-mad...
The compositions must have been over forty, but in Br, there are thirty-nine and this confirms the hypothesis of a missing letter; Furthermore, Gesualdo's lack of collaboration should be noted: of the madrigals with which Tasso hoped to raise some money to recover from his condition of poverty, the prince only set one to music: Se così dolce è il duolo.