Developing variations: Giovanni Morelli’s thoughts looking to the future

Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

To mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Giovanni Morelli and in concomitance with the events to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Institute of Music, this seminar sets out to explore some of the most significant texts by the eminent musicologist and first director of the Institute.

The themes reflect Morelli’s multifaceted intellectual personality: from musical rhetoric to popular music, from the dramaturgy of Romantic opera to music for film, and from the relationship between genius and health disorders to spatial compositions in the second half the 20th century.

Coordinated by Gianmario Borio and Giada Viviani, the seminar has an advisory committee made up of Michele Girardi, Emilio Sala, Luca Zoppelli and Paolo Pinamonti, the editor of the bibliography of Morelli’s writings, which will be available for the occasion. A group of young musicologists will discuss the theories formulated by Morelli and will attempt to place them in the framework of current debates in international musicology. At the end of the seminar, the mdi ensemble will give a concert of music by Clementi, Feldman, Kurtag, Scelsi and Varese.

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