A musical merchant: the cantica of Mercator

TitleA musical merchant: the cantica of Mercator
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMoore, TJ
Ancient AuthorsTitus Maccius Plautus (PHI 0119)
JournalNew England Classical Journal

Mercator has fewer lyrics than most Plautine plays, but it nevertheless demonstrates Plautus’ mastery of musical form. The lyrics of the play’s second
canticum reflect elegantly the emotions of their singer. The iambo-trochaic polymetrics of the first canticum are arranged with similar effectiveness, and the play’s overall musical structure contributes significantly to the messages it sends. [Timothy J. Moore]

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