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Angelo Pompilio

Full Professor

Department of Cultural Heritage

Academic discipline: L-ART/07 Musicology and History of Music

Curriculum vitae

Angelo Pompilio (Matera, 1955) is full professor in Modern Music History in the Department of Cultural Heritage, in Ravenna. He completed his music education at the Conservatory of Matera in 1978 and graduated in Musicology at the University of Bologna in 1980 with a thesis on Pomponio Nenna's four voices madrigals (1613). Teacher of Music History at Pesaro Conservatory from 1981 to 1983, he was then appointed researcher in Music History at DAMS (University of Bologna), where he has worked up to 1993. He was appointed associate professor at the Magistero Faculty of the University of Messina (1993-93). He has been working at the Faculty of Humanities, then Faculty of Preservation of the Cultural Heritage, since 1994. From 2001 to 2007 he was the head of the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Verdi” in Ravenna, from 2007 to 2015 he was the director of the Department of  Cultural heritage at the University of Bologna, in Ravenna, from 2012 to 2015 he was the vice president of the School of Letters and Cultural heritage in Ravenna.
His research activity applies to three main fields: historiographic research (15th-16th centuries madrigal, opera), bibliographic research on printed music editions (16th and 19th century Italian editions and Italian opera librettos), computer technology applied to musical heritage (databases for music repertories and music documentation).
In the first research field he has studied the Italian madrigal from Neapolitan area and southern Italy and edited some critical editions of madrigals' books. He has also written papers on Neapolitan and Italian 15th-16th centuries music publishing, on solo voice collections edited in the early  17th century, on music production and consumption in the Kingdom of Naples in 15th-16th centuries, on 16th-17th centuries Italian secular music, on 17th-18th centuries Venetian librettos.
The bibliographic research has concerned the 16th-17th and 19th centuries Italian music editions, bibliographic repertories for 16th-17th centuries Italian secular music and poetry books, composers' works lists and music libraries catalogues. In recent years he has worked on 17th-20th centuries librettos, particularly on 17th-18th centuries Venetian librettos, and on librettos digital archives.
Since two decades Angelo Pompilio is involved in computer technology applied to musical heritage, especially to conception and development of digital systems aimed to collect and file music documentation.
On behalf of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani in Parma (1990-2000) he has attended to the conception and realization of digital archives for records collection (1997), Verdi's operas visual documentation (1998) and Verdi's letters (2000). On behalf of “I Teatri” Association in Reggio Emilia he has implemented the TECA software (1998), for audiovisual documentation, and CRONOLOGIA software (1999), for stage chronology. On behalf of the Istituto di studi rinascimentali in Ferrara he has developed a database containing the bibliography of music editions printed from 1570 and 1630 (including about 5.000 items). Since more than twenty years he has attended to the “Repertorio della poesia italiana in musica, 1500-1700” (, an “incipitario” of Italian secular music poetry which contains analytical description of the whole 16th-17th centuries secular music production and of its literary sources. From 2001 to 2003 he has attended, with Lorenzo Bianconi, to the RADAMES project (Repertoriazione e Archiviazione di Documenti Attinenti al Melodramma E allo Spettacolo: Since 2004 he has devoted himself to “Corago” project, the first complete achievement of RADAMES experimental model, which is aimed to carry out a repertory of Italian opera production, a stage chronology and a digital archive of librettos ( Within this project, he has coordinated librettos digitalization and cataloguing initiatives in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria in Modena, in the Museo del disco d'epoca in Sogliano al Rubicone, in the library of the Dipartimento di Musica e Spettacolo, in the Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna and in the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica in Bologna.

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