History of Music (p) (2019/2020)

Course code
4S001451
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 1B dal Nov 11, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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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.

Syllabus

Syllabus. "La Gerusalemme liberata" in Music: Monteverdi, Lully, Rossini. The story Tancredi and Clorinda, that of the sorcerer Armida and her unhappy love for the crusader Rinaldo constitutes ones of the foremost narratives of Torquato Tasso’s "Jerusalem Delivered". The musical reception of these subjects was exceptionally wide, especially in opera and madrigal: both Armida and Rinaldo and Clorinda quickly met with a long-lasting musical fortune, well above any other narratives from sixteenth-century epic literature. The course will begin with an analysis of Tasso’s text, and will then focus on two among its most important musical settings and operatic stagings: "Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" by Claudio Monteverdi "Armide" by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1686) and "Armida" by Gioachino Rossini (1817). These two last operas will function as case studies through which we will analyze the aesthetic, dramaturgical and ideological transformations of the story of Armida as it moved between different genres and media. They will also help us investigate the main features of two crucial moments in the history of opera: tragédie en musique in Louis XIV’s France and early-nineteenth-century Italian opera.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
- lecture notes;
- EMILIO RUSSO, "Guida alla lettura della 'Gerusalemme liberata' di Tasso, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2014;
- MARIO ARMELLINI, “Le due ‘Armide’. Metamorfosi estetiche e drammaturgiche da Lully a Gluck”, Firenze, Passigli 1993, pp. 9-86;
- CHARLES S. BRAUNER, “Da Tasso a Rossini: le metamorfosi di Armida”, in “Armida”, a cura di C. S. Brauner, Pesaro, Fondazione Rossini 2000 (I libretti di Rossini, 7), pp. XI-CXXIV;
*- PAOLO FABBRI, "Monteverdi", Torino, EDT 1985, pp. 248-252;
* - STEFANO LA VIA, "Il lamento di Armida abbandonata nella lettura polifonica di Claudio Monteverdi. Un’analisi poetico-musicale del madrigale “Vattene pur, crudel” (1592).", only pp. 1-20 (paragraph 3.4 included);
*- BRUNO CAGLI, “Dolci inganni, soavi catene”, in Gioachino Rossini, “Armida”, progamma di sala del Rossini Opera Festival 2014, pp. 13-21;
*- PATRICIA B. e CHARLES S. BRAUNER, “’Armida’: l’edizione critica e l’opera”, in Gioachino Rossini, “Armida”, progamma di sala del Rossini Opera Festival 2014, pp. 35-42;
- EMANUELE SENICI, "L'opera italiana del primo Ottocento", in "Musiche nella storia. Da Dante alla Grande Guerra", a cura di Andrea Chegai e altri, Roma, Carocci, 2017, pp. 453-488.
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

- an edition of the "Gerusalemme liberata" di Torquato Tasso. Free downloadable text:
https://it.wikisource.org/wiki/Gerusalemme_liberata
or
https://www.liberliber.it/mediateca/libri/t/tasso/gerusalemme_liberata/pdf/gerusa_p.pdf

Libretti/sung texts
*- MONTEVERDI, "Combattimento di Tanbcredi e Clorinda", text
*- LULLY, “Armide”, libretto;
*- ROSSINI, “Armida”, libretto.
The symbol * marks books available in the E-learning platform, that will be available by the beginning of the lectures

Audio/Video of the operas/compositions:
- CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, "Vattene pur crudel" (available on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btdY76ugzcQ);
- CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, "Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" (available on YouTube YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-baTqmCVnb8)
- JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY, “Armide”, dir.Robert Carsen, cond. William Christie, 2 DVD FRA Musica 2011 (available at the University LIbrary, reference Desk; available on YouTube YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zrbaEHomag)
- GIOACHINO ROSSINI, “Armida”, dir. Mary Zimmermann, cond. Riccardo Frizza, 2 DVD Decca 2010 (available at the University LIbrary, reference Desk; available on YouTube: Act 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T59oqypWkg4); act 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6H6-XXP21w); act 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsBRiy0ojr8).

If needed, further bibliography could be added during the therm

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
*PATRICIA B. e CHARLES S. BRAUNER “’Armida’: l’edizione critica e l’opera”, in Gioachino Rossini, “Armida” 2014 pp. 35-42
CHARLES S. BRAUNER Da Tasso a Rossini: le metamorfosi di Armida, in “Armida”, a cura di C. S. Brauner Fondazione Rossini 2000 pp. XI-CXXIV
*BRUNO CAGLI Dolci inganni, soavi catene”, in Gioachino Rossini, “Armida” 2014 pp. 13-21
EMILIO RUSSO Guida alla lettura della 'Gerusalemme liberata' di Tasso Laterza 2014
*STEFANO LA VIA "Il lamento di Armida abbandonata nella lettura polifonica di Claudio Monteverdi. Un’analisi poetico-musicale del madrigale “Vattene pur, crudel” (1592)" 2013 solo le pp. 1-20 (fno a al paragrafo 3.4 incluso)
MARIO ARMELLINI Le due ‘Armide’. Metamorfosi estetiche e drammaturgiche da Lully a Gluck Passigli 1993 pp. 9-86
Emanuele Senici "L'opera italiana del primo Ottocento", in "Musiche nella storia. Dall'età di Dante alla Grande Guerra", a cura di Andrea Chegai e altri Carocci 2017 pp. 453-488
*PAOLO FABBRI Monteverdi EDT 1985 pp. 248-252

Assessment methods and criteria

Written text: three questions to be answered in 1h and 30m. The questions will be about the operas/compositions analyzed in the course (e.g. 1 on "Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda", one on "Armide" and one on "Armida").

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.