Presenter: Elias-Axel Pettersson
14th-century Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarca wrote more than 300 sonnets (Shakespeare wrote 154), all dedicated to Laura, whose true identity has never been confirmed, only surmised. Upon his travels to Italy, Franz Liszt became inspired by Petrarca’s poetry and composed three pieces based on Sonnets Nos. 47, 104, and 123. Dr. Pettersson will take his listeners through the mind of each great artist and show how poetry was turned into music that moves the soul.