Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-ART/07 - MUSICOLOGY AND HISTORY OF MUSIC
Language of instruction
The course aims to introduce students to the issues and methods concerning the study of the relationship between music and media, focusing especially on the technologies used to fix, transmit, read and listen to music in the western world from the Middle Ages to the present. On successful completion of the module, students will have acquired extensive knowledge of the material and technological features of music media; they will have also developed the skills necessary for analyzing the cultural, social and ideological aspects of music media.
Writing, reading, listening to-, “seeing” music from the Middle Ages to the digital era. The course offers a history of music through its media, focusing especially on their material and technological features, their uses, and their social, cultural and ideological aspects, starting from the oldest documented forms of mediatization (manuscripts, prints) and ending with the most recent ones (digital audiovisual media). The course is divided into two parts. The first one focuses center on music as a medium of communication between human beings and of construction of social groups, on the media (their social, cultural and ideological aspects) and on the technologies used to transmit and experience music in the Western world. The second part will be a seminar: under the supervision of the lecturer, students will analyse some typologies of musical media.
The course includes audio and video examples.
- lecture notes;
- NICHOLAS COOK, “Musica: una breve introduzione”, EDT, Torino 2005, pp. 1-45;
- *VINCENZO BORGHETTI, “Il manoscritto di musica tra Quattro e Cinquecento”, in “Il libro di musica”, a cura di Carlo Fiore, L’Epos, Palermo 2004, pp. 89-114;
- *VINCENZO BORGHETTI, "Lo sguardo che ascolta", Dispensa sui manoscritti di musica di lusso di Petrus Alamire;
- *STANLEY BOORMAN, “I primi stampatori musicali”, in “Il libro di musica”, a cura di Carlo Fiore, L’Epos, Palermo 2004, pp. 115-136;
- *TIM CARTER, “L’editoria musicale tra Cinque e Seicento”, in “Il libro di musica”, a cura di Carlo Fiore, L’Epos, Palermo 2004, pp. 137-162;
- *EMANUELE SENICI, “Il video d’opera “dal vivo”: testualizzazione e liveness nell’era digitale”, «Il Saggiatore musicale», 2009/2, pp. 272-312;
- *EMANUELE SENICI, “L’opera e la nascita della televisione italiana”, «Comunicazioni sociali», 2011/1, pp. 26-35;
- *VINCENZO BORGHETTI, "Filmare l'opera senza filmare il canto: la 'Carmen' di Francesco Rosi", in "Francesco Rosi: il cinema e oltre", a cura di Alberto Scandola e Nicola Pasqualicchio, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2019, pp. 207-224;
- *JACQUES HAINS, “Dal rullo di cera al CD”, in “Enciclopedia della musica”, diretta da Jean-Jacques Nattiez, vol. 1, “Il Novecento”, Einaudi, Torino 2001, pp. 783-819;
- GIANNI SIBILLA, “Musica e media digitali. Tecnologie. Linguaggi e forme sociali dei suoni dal walkman all’iPod”, Bompiani, Milano 2008, pp. 9-74 e 88-101.
The symbol * marks books that will be available in the Moodle platform.
If needed, further bibliography will be added during the term
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; the other two will focus on the kinds of media discussed during the lectures, seminar and in the readings. 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.
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.