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MUSICAL DRAMATURGY

CODE 84501
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 9 credits during the 1st year of 9918 MODERN LITERATURES AND PERFORMING ART (LM-14) 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 LITERATURES AND PERFORMING ART)
SEMESTER 1° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course tackles a musical phenomenon with drama-performance implications at a Master’s level: from opera to the different forms of musical theatre to drama-musical genres bereft of a stage (such as orators or passions). The focus therefore is on the meeting point between music and theatre, examining how the different languages (verbal, musical, performative) interact reciprocally giving place to an aesthetic object of value.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to develop awareness of the central questions of musical theatre in its historical development in the modern and contemporary period, giving students the necessary theoretical instruments for a critical evaluation of the interaction between music and theatre in the broader sense of the term.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course students will be able to competently interpret the musical theatre phenomena studied, recognising the contribution of different components that compose the aesthetic object of extreme complexity and the meaning that each component brings to the overall dialectic. 

TEACHING METHODS

Lezioni frontali, con impiego sistematico di supporti audio/video: CD, DVD, web.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Neapolitan workshop: a century of theatre for music (1699-1816)

 

The course will study the breeding ground of European musical theatre that was first Spanish Naples and then Austrian, Bourbon and finally French Naples. Exposed by the philosophes as the natural home of music, proclaimed in 1739 by Charles de Brosses «la capitale du monde musicien», during the whole 18th century the city of Partenope enjoyed undisputed international prestige. This was based on the wealth and variety of vast private and public, religious and social musical activity fed by excellent training institutions such as the four Academies of Music and the continuous renewal of generations of composers and musicians who, with their sought-after title of “Neapolitan choirmaster”, colonised Europe from Lisbon to Saint Petersburg. In a similar context musical theatre encountered an exceptional flourishing both in relation to the excellent aesthetics and the wealth of permanent experimentation that led to production that had a decisive influence on a continental scale in an impressive variety of genres: drama for music, interludes, musical comedy, comic opera, serenades. From this production, an overview of the pathway from 1699 from Stampiglia and Bononcini’s Partenope will be sketched, a glorification of the city through the myth of the founding nymph to 1816, a year that saw the restoration of the Bourbons, two Rossini titles for Naples, Othello and La Gazzetta that laid the path to 19th century melodrama, at the same time paying homage to typical Neapolitan tradition. An exceptional guide will take us on this path replete with composers, librettists and actors of the first order: Giuseppe Sigismondo whose musical apotheosis in the Kingdom of Naples which was drafted in 1820/21 has just been printed nearly two centuries later.

 

TEACHING METHODS

 

Lectures with systematic use of audiovisual support: CD, DVD, web.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

RAFFAELE MELLACE (President)

LIVIA CAVAGLIERI

STEFANO FERNANDO VERDINO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lezioni frontali, con impiego sistematico di supporti audio/video: CD, DVD, web.

LESSONS START

18 settembre 2017

Class schedule

MUSICAL DRAMATURGY

EXAMS

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam consists of an assessment of the contents of the course and the bibliography. Knowledge of the biographical profile of Verdi for the period in question, the historical-cultural context of the works treated in the course programme. The evaluation will consider knowledge of the programme (topics tackled in lectures, readings indicated in the bibliography, material made available on Aulaweb, three operas chosen by the student), as well as presentation ability, use of specific lexicon and capacity for critical reworking.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
24/01/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
25/05/2018 15:00 GENOVA Orale
13/06/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
27/06/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
18/07/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2018 11:00 GENOVA Orale