The rhetorical pronunciatio,
subdivided in vox and gestus, was often evoked in musical
sources of the Italian Renaissance as a behavioral paradigm that translated
sound perception into visual perception. In a context in which musical
performance usually involved hearing and sight at the same time, the resources
of rhetorical pronunciatio were a
necessary support in order to structure the musical event.
When Haydn set Carlo Goldoni’slibretto Il mondo della luna
for the wedding festivities at Esterháza in 1777, he did not include the
enigmatic moral of the original. His finale celebrated happiness, fortune and
prosperity. These three concepts echoed revolutionary ideals from North America
that were being reported in newspapers across Europe. But happiness was also
one of the most prevalent concepts in opera buffa—a testament to the era’s obsession
Music Department, Lerner Center, Room 312 (Conference room, third floor) - 201 S 34th St.
Digital Tools for Musicological Research: Issues and
Dr. Pugin, an
authority in music encoding, optical music recognition, digital editions, and
source-related digital projects, will illustrate the most recent developments
in these cutting-edge areas. He will also discuss the activities of RISM (the
International Inventory of Musical Sources), a multinational, non-profit joint
venture devoted to the documentation of musical sources worldwide.
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center of Van Pelt Library, 6th floor - 3420 Walnut St.
Italian Madrigals on Tablets: The Marenzio Online Digital
The event is organized by the Music Department, the Center for Italian Studies,
and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and is
co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Forum.
Friday, Music Building, Conference Room 312: part of the Opera Workshop series
Luca Cottini, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University, will present a chapter from a book-in-progress that explores the social and cultural reception of gramophones and sound recording technologies in Italy during the early 20th century. He will discuss the impact of Caruso’s recordings on the worldwide success of Italian opera, the relationship between opera and the birth of Italian graphic design, and how the new music industry brought opera's golden age to an end.