75892 - Musical Heritage of the Ancient World

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course regards one of the most significant aspects of the wide cultural heritage inherited from antiquity: music. After completing the course students are able to contextualize the documents which transmitted the ideas and representations of the music of antiquity, to recognize the processes of transmission and modalities of reception from the Middle Ages to today. Students will also be able to manage a bibliography for a research project.

Course contents

The course is a novelty in musicological studies. Part of the master's degree in "Sciences of the book and of document" the course focuses on the unique aspects of the books and documents concerning music, with or without musical notation, which transmitted the musical knowledge of Greek and Latin antiquity through the Middle Ages, to the modern Age. Students will be guided through different types of documents, handwritten and prints. They will also be offered guided listening.

Foreign students are required to ask for the program at least three months before the exam, writing to donatella.restani@unibo.it

Introduction:
• The musical legacy of the ancient world
• The traces of the past.
• Transmitting heritage.
• For the reading public:
- musical treatises to Boethius' time;
- the rediscovery of Aristotle in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and his influence on ideas about music.
• Geography of heritage: Veneto, Bologna, Rome, Florence
• For the audience of listeners and viewers.

Special section

Variazioni on ancient myths: from Antiquity to Modern Age.

  Students who cannot attend the lessons are requested to study all the bibliography.

Timetable: I semester - First lesson: 2018, October 2nd, Tuesday, at Midday.

Lessons will be held at palazzo Corradini, via Mariani, 5 - Room 2 - Ravenna,  – tel.: 0544 936911 http://www.cbc.unibo.it/Beni+Culturali/default.htm

Readings/Bibliography

D. Restani, L'eredità musicale del Mondo antico, in Musica e società, I, a cura di Paolo Fabbri e Maria Chiara Bertieri, Napoli, Mc Graw Hill, 2012, pp. 229-297.

Didone. La tragedia dell’abbandono. Variazioni sul mito, a cura di Antonio Ziosi; Marsilio, Venezia 2017

For the attending students: Further suggested bibliography and listenings will be given during the course.

For foreign students, including not attending ones:

C.V. Palisca, Humanism in Italian Renaissance Musical Thought, Yale University Press, 1985.

For Italian not attending students:

D. Restani, L'eredità musicale del Mondo antico, in Musica e società, I, a cura di Paolo Fabbri e Maria Chiara Bertieri, Napoli, Mc Graw Hill, 2012, pp. 229-297.

Didone. La tragedia dell’abbandono. Variazioni sul mito, a cura di Antonio Ziosi; Marsilio, Venezia 2017.



Teaching methods

Audiovisuals, pc, films and listening will be used during the lessons. Individual tutoring may be provided. Attending students can be trained in individual research projects.

Assessment methods

The exam consists in an interview to assess the student’s critical and methodological skills. Both "Introduction" and the "Special Section" will be considered during the exam. Attending students will introduce their individual research during the last lessons. Each student will be given a source (text or image) to analyze according to the methodological guidelines provided. Particular emphasis will be given to the students ability to manage sources and bibliography in order to obtain the necessary information and to illustrate topics and issues finding connections between them.

The assessment will be based on: knowledge of the subject matter; concept analysis and synthesis; clarity of expression, proper terminology. Students who show proficiency in knowledge and critical perspective, as well as proficiency in expression and technical vocabulary will be granted the highest marks. Students who show they have studied, but in a mnemonic way, and are able of synthesis and analysis expressed adequately, will be granted of medium marks. Students who show basic knowledge, but inadequate vocabulary, will have a pass. Students who show insufficient knowledge, inadequate vocabulary and don't know appropriately the bibliography, will not pass the exam.

Teaching tools

Audiovisuals, pc, films and stereo.



Links to further information

http://moisasociety.org

Office hours

See the website of Donatella Restani