History of Music (i) (2019/2020)

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Vincenzo Borghetti
Vincenzo Borghetti
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Sem 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes. The course aims to introduce students to the advanced study of music in its relationship with literature, culture and society through the analysis of particularly relevant musical phenomena and works. On successful completion of the module, which is centered around one or more case studies, students will be able to understand the main features of a few crucial moments in the history of opera, to analyze and interpret the role and significance of music as a means of communication and interaction between human beings, both in the past and today.


Foundations of musical dramaturgy: Monteverdi and the beginnings of opera. This course aims to introduce students to the study of opera. The first part will focus on the theory of musical dramaturgy. The second will concentrate on Monteverdi 's opera "L’Orfeo" which will function as a case study on which we will try out recent methodological approaches and learn the most useful analytical tools.

The course includes audio and video examples.

All books are available in the University library. The symbol * marks books that will be available in the E-learning platform by the beginning of the lectures.
- lecture notes;
- appunti dalle lezioni;
- GLORIA STAFFIERI, Un teatro tutto cantato. Introduzione all’opera italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2012, pp. 17-92; 123-139;
- GLORIA STAFFIERI, L’opera italiana. Dalle origini alle riforme del secolo dei Lumi (1590-1790), Roma, Carocci, 2014, pp. 17-146;
- *GLORIA STAFFIERI, "Versi, macchine e canto: il teatro in musica nel Seicento", in "Musiche nella storia. Dall'età di Dante alla Grande Guerra", a cura di Andrea Chegai e altri, Roma, Carocci, 2017, pp. 133-155
- *PAOLO FABBRI, Monteverdi, Torino, EDT, 1985, pp. 96-115;
- *IAIN FENLON, "Le prime rappresentazioni dell'Orfeo di Monteverdi", "Philomusica on-line" 8/2 (2009), pp. 50-63

if needed, further bibliography will be added during the term

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
*IAIN FENLON "Le prime rappresentazioni dell'Orfeo di Monteverdi" "Philomusica on-line" 8/2 2009 pp. 50-63
GLORIA STAFFIERI "L’opera italiana. Dalle origini alle riforme del secolo dei Lumi (1590-1790)" Carocci 2014 9788843071081 capp. 1, 2, 3 (pp. 17-146)
*PAOLO FABBRI "Monteverdi" EDT 1985 978-88-7063-035-0 pp. 96-115
GLORIA STAFFIERI "Un teatro tutto cantato. Introduzione all’opera italiana" Carocci 2012 9788843065769 pp. 17-92; 123-139
GLORIA STAFFIERI "Versi, macchine e canto: il teatro in musica nel Seicento", in "Musiche nella storia. Dall'età di Dante alla Grande Guerra", a cura di Andrea Cheghai e altri Carocci 2017 pp. 131-155

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test: three questions, to be answered in 1h and 30m. The first question will center on music as a medium of communication between human beings and of construction of social groups (first part of the course); the other two will focus on the kinds of media discussed during the lectures and in the readings (second part of the course). Evaluation criteria: proper use of specific vocabulary, knowlegde of the social, cultural and ideological aspects of the various media, ability to analyze the media presented as case studies.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: written essay to be completed at home. Specific instructions are available on Moodle.

How to register for the exam
Students intending to sit the exam for this course must:
- enter their name online for “appello scritto NON VERBALIZZANTE”
- after the written exam, wait for the publication of grades in the section “avvisi” of the professor’s webpage (http://www.dcuci.univr.it/?ent=persona&id=4950&lang=it#tab-avvisi).
- Students who want their grade to be officially registered must enter their name online for the “appello VERBALIZZANTE” (or “di VERBALIZZAZIONE”). This “appello” does NOT require a student’s physical presence: the professor will register the grade online in his own time.