The Italian language has often been linked to music. The language of opera librettos and the one of light music songs have a remarkable tradition of study. However, the language of a particular genre has been completely neglected, the one of the “romanza da salotto”, which also, during XIX century and in the early XX century, it had a considerable spread in all Europe: it is enough to remember Francesco Paolo Tosti’s success in England, probably the most representative author of the musical genre. This study, by reviewing a series of examples, intends to provide a first characterization of Italian language of the “romanza da salotto”, at various levels of linguistic analysis, showing its particularities even in comparison to the language of contemporary opera.
D'Achille, P. (2020). L’italiano della romanza da salotto. STUDI ITALIANI DI LINGUISTICA TEORICA E APPLICATA, XLIX(2), 220-229.