HISTORY OF MUSIC

HISTORY OF MUSIC

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Code
72710
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA

6 credits during the 3nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA

9 credits during the 3nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 8467 Art History and artistic heritage management (LM-89) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ART/07
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course can be taken 

- complete (9 CFU for 54 class hours) 

- only part 1 (6 CFU for 36 class hours)


Part 1: European music from Bach to Brahms: a journey from Baroque to Romantic Age

Part 2: Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at offering a guide to main styles and forms of musical theatre and instrumental music, considered in the

chronological development of history of music.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

9 CFU

The course aims at providing the student with the capabilities to acknowledge and understand symbols and meanings of musical language, increasing the awareness of the numerous relationships between music, literature, arts and sciences. The main assumption of the course is that the knowledge and competence about genres, forms and authors from the history of western music completes significantly the cultural preparation of any student of humanities. 

By the end of the course students will be able to understand a significant time span of the history of western music, having developed tools to understand musical language which could be applied, also in creative terms, to other contexts. They will be able to recognize and remember the main genres of art music in Europe between Bach and Debussy, understand the aesthetic and style options of the composers taken into account, judge proximity or distance between movements and single composers. 

 

6 CFU

The course aims at providing the student with the capabilities to understand symbols and meanings of musical language, increasing the awareness of the numerous relationships between music, literature, arts and sciences. The main assumption of the course is that the knowledge and competence about genres, forms and authors from the history of western music completes significantly the cultural preparation of any student of humanities.

By the end of the course students will be able to understand a significant time span of the history of western music, having developed tools to understand musical language which could be applied also to other contexts. 

PREREQUISITES

General interest in music and its use as an art form.

Teaching methods

Class lessons with CD and DVD examples.

The class will attend a performance of Il trovatore at Teatro Carlo Felice.

The class will be invited to attend concerts and operas on stage in Genoa and at Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa in Savona, if related to the course programme.

Attending class is strongly recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course might be chosen in a 6 (just Part 1) or 9 (6+3: Part 1 + Part 2) credit format.

No specific background in music is required.

Part 1: European music from Bach to Brahms: a journey from Baroque to Romantic Age

Part 1 (6 credits) will enquire the development of Western Music 1680 to 1890, from late Baroque to the Romantic age. The general outline of that historical period will be regularly exemplified in class through CDs and DVDs, leading students to a solid knowledge of styles, genres and main composers of Western Music from Bach to Brahms. The course will explore four seasons of European Music: Baroque, Galant, Classic and Romantic styles. 

 

Part 2: Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore

Middle work of the so called “popular trilogy”, through which Verdi acquired the supremacy in Italian opera houses of his day, Il trovatore won people’s favour thanks to its characters, dramatic situations and possibly even more thanks to the exceptional beauty of its irresistible and memorable melodies. It soon was seen as the quintessential Italian romantic opera. Built on the model of a Spanish romantic drama of strong passions, it’s a sophisticated masterpiece Verdi exploits to enact some of his most revolutionary and successful ideas as far as dramaturgy and romantic esthetics are concerned. The course will deal with the genesis of the opera, its historical and cultural context; it will analyze both the libretto and Verdi’s musical setting, considering some of the most significant contemporary stage directions. It will be possible to attend a performance of the opera at Teatro Carlo Felice. 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Readings in English (see page in Italian for Readings in Italian)

 

Part 1 only (6 CFU)

2 books to be chosen among: 

Heller W. (2014), Music in the Baroque, Norton, New York.

Rice J. (2014), Music in the Eighteenth Century, Norton, New York.

Frisch W. (2013), Music in the Nineteenth Century, Norton, New York.

 

Part 1+ 2 (9 CFU)

2 books to be chosen among: 

Heller W. (2014), Music in the Baroque, Norton, New York.

Rice J. (2014), Music in the Eighteenth Century, Norton, New York.

Frisch W. (2013), Music in the Nineteenth Century, Norton, New York.

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Libretto and CD or DVD recording of Verdi, Il trovatore + (optional) score (if the student is able to read).

Budden J. (1978-81), The Operas of Verdi. Vol. 2. From “Il trovatore” to “La forza del destino”, Oxford University Press, New York. (the chapter on Il trovatore).

Parker R. (1997), Leonora’s Last Act: Essays in Verdian Discourse, Princeton University Press, Princeton.

 

Books are normally available at the University Library, via Balbi 2, 3rd floor.

Listening experience during the preparation to the exam is strongly recommended. CDs and DVDs are also available at the same library.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: 1rst Semester: in Genoa, day and hour to be announced 2nd Semester: in Genoa, day and hour to be announced Please check for any changes at the instructor's personal page (http://www.lingue.unige.it/?dipendente=c1626) or through the course's Aulaweb. Enrolling in the course's Aulaweb is warmly recommended. 

Exam Board

RAFFAELE MELLACE (President)

MATTEO NAVONE

DAVIDE MINGOZZI

LUCA BELTRAMI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Class lessons with CD and DVD examples.

The class will attend a performance of Il trovatore at Teatro Carlo Felice.

The class will be invited to attend concerts and operas on stage in Genoa and at Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa in Savona, if related to the course programme.

Attending class is strongly recommended.

LESSONS START

I semester (36 h.) (Part 1): Wednesday 2nd October 2 p.m. - Aula 1 Albergo dei Poveri

II semester (18 h.) (Part 2): Friday 7th February 2 p.m. -  Aula 1 Albergo dei Poveri

 

ORARI

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HISTORY OF MUSIC

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral Exam.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in an oral interview on the course program and its bibliography. Students will be tested on (instrumental and vocal) genres and forms, styles and main authors of the portion of history of music considered in the course program, paying specific attention to the evolution of each style.

Students will be tested on the knoledge of the course programme (topics discussed in class, readings taken from the bibliography or uploaded in the course "aulaweb"), on their capabilities in discussing the course topics and in the accuracy in employing the specific language.

The knowledge of notes taken at class will by no means considered enough.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/06/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale Polo didattica via delle fontane - Aula F
30/06/2020 11:00 GENOVA Orale Polo didattica via delle fontane - Aula F
10/09/2020 11:00 GENOVA Orale Aula De Andrè- via del Campo
23/09/2020 13:00 GENOVA Orale Aula De Andrè- via del Campo