Basic Knowledge of the history of France in seventeenth and eighteenth century and of the early modern music.
The course aims at furnishing a picture of the French Enlightenment and to insert the question of music in this picture.
The status of music, to be intended as opera in music, was the topic of intellectual and social discussions from the end of the seventeenth century to the French Revolution. Some crucial moments of such debates will be considered, with a particular attention to the anthropological dimension of music emphasized by J.-J. Rousseau against the purely mathematical conceptions of the musical science.
Music and philosophy in eighteenth century France.
The French context during the Enlightenment was characterized by strong debates on the nature and status of opera in music.
The various querelles on music among philosophers will be considered and illustrated.
Following D. Outran's text, the first lectures will be dedicated to present a panoramic picture of the European Enlightenment culture, with a specific attention to the enlightenment philosophy in France. The main conceptions of music will be described, and the origins, structures and social practices of music in France will be presented.
Following Fubini's text the conceptions on musical aesthetics of the main French philosophers will be focused, emphasizing the main role played by J.-J. Rousseau.
Considering Russo's essays the controversies on Opera in music will be recalled, with particular attention to late Eighteenth century discussions on Gluck's music.
D. Outram, L'Illuminismo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2006.
E. Fubini, Gli Enciclopedisti e la musica, Einaudi, Torino 1991.
P. Russo, La Parola e il gesto. Studi sull'opera francese del Settecento, LIM, Lucca 1997, pp. 5-151.
Lectures, seminars and guided listenings of music.
The course will take place in the second semester, third annual period.
Timetable: Mond: 11-13; Tues: 11-13; Wedn: 11-13
The course starts on february 29th 11 a.m.
Prof. Abbri will meet the students on Tuesday morning, at 10 before the lecture.
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