History of Music (i) (2019/2020)

Course code
4S001450
Name of lecturer
Vincenzo Borghetti
Coordinator
Vincenzo Borghetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-ART/07 - MUSICOLOGY AND HISTORY OF MUSIC
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce students to the issues and methods concerning the study of opera as the most prominent manifestation of western music theatre of the last four centuries. Each year the course is centred around one or more case studies, and endeavours to build the conceptual, methodological and cultural premises for: a) understanding the specific features of opera, which distinguish it from other theatrical forms and genres, with or without music; b) investigating opera in its historical, social, cultural and ideological contexts.

Syllabus

Syllabus. 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 the works of Monteverdi, especially "L’Orfeo", which will function as case study on which we will try out recent methodological approaches and learn the most useful analytical tools.

Bibliography
- lecture notes;
- GLORIA STAFFIERI, "Un teatro tutto cantato. Introduzione all’opera italiana", Roma, Carocci, 2012, capp. 1, 2, 4 (pp. 17-92; 123-139);
- GLORIA STAFFIERI, "L’opera italiana. Dalle origini alle riforme del secolo dei Lumi (1590-1790)", Roma, Carocci, 2014, capp. 1, 2, 3 (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. 131-155;
- *PAOLO FABBRI, Monteverdi, Torino, EDT, 1985, pp. 96-115;
- *IAIN FENLON, "Le prime rappresentazioni dell'Orfeo di Monteverdi", "Philomusica on-line", 8 (2009), pp. 50-63.

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

if needed, further bibliography will be added during the term

- Libretti and Scores
1. *ALESSANDRO STRIGGIO, L’Orfeo (libretto);
2. *CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, L’Orfeo (partitura);
All libretti and scores will be available on the E-Learning platform by the beginning of the lectures; students are requested to bring the libretto and score of the opera to class

Videos of Monteverdo's Orfeo
- directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, Les Arts Florissants, cond.: William Christie, DVD, Dynamic 2009 (available at the Biblioteca Frinzi, Reference Desk);
- regia di Robert Wilson, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, direttore: Rinaldo Alessandrini, DVD, Opus Arte 2011 (available at the Biblioteca Frinzi, Reference Desk);
- regia di Alessio Pizzech, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, direttore Antonio Florio, 2018 (available online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhB8Qs7rrQs)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
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. 17-58; 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. Thew first question will be on opera in general (first part of the course); the other two on "Orfeo" (second part of the course).

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.