ITAL540 - TPCS RENNAISANCE CLTR

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Section 401 - SEM
Mauro Calcagno MUSC730 (Studies in Baroque Music) ITAL540 (Topics in Renaissance Culture) Friday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Van Pelt Library, Marian Anderson Seminar Room, Crosslisted with Italian Studies Monteverdi at 450: From Madrigal to Opera (Text/Performance) The seminar will examine two large-scale secular works by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): the monumental collection Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi, libro ottavo (1638) which includes the Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Tasso), the Lamento della ninfa, the Ballo delle ingrate (Rinuccini) as well as settings of Petrarch, Marino, and Guarini; and the opera L’incoronazione di Poppea (1643) on a libretto by the Venetian poet G.F. Busenello. These works will be approached both as historical objects, by focusing on issues of authoriality, narrativity and materiality, and as scripts for today’s performances and revisitations (including in film and dance), by focusing on issues of mediality, theatricality and gender. Among the goals of the seminar: to elaborate hypotheses on the two works’ internal organizations, to conceptualize performances (either existing or speculative), and to critically relate both texts and performances with historiographical and theoretical notions of Baroque, early modernity, postmodernity, performativity, reenactment, and the postdramatic.
F 0200PM-0500PM
CALCAGNO, MAURO
VAN PELT LIBRARY 452.2