cod. 1004118

Academic year 2018/19
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Musicologia e storia della musica (L-ART/07)
Discipline linguistiche, filologiche e metodologiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit


Learning objectives

At the end of the course the students - who do not require a previous disciplinary competence - will have acquired knowledge and awareness in the field of communication processes related to the linguistic and performative nature of music and its promotional and information strategies.

Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and understanding skills through the constant use of different sources (sound and multimedia materials, books and articles of scientific, educational and informative nature, conferences, seminars, guided tours, etc.) and during the exercises dedicated to analysis of communication products (paper, audiovisual and IT).

Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to exploit their knowledge and understanding to critically consider their experience as music users both live and reproduced and televised, to reflect in depth on the historical roots and evolution of musical language, to consciously investigate the information, dissemination, promotion and marketing system. The application of such knowledge and skills will benefit both the students professionally addressed to the areas of journalism and communication in general, and literary students who can enrich their disciplinary training by studying the deeply rooted phenomenon of musical and theatrical criticism exerted by professional writers from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.

Making judgment:
students will develop the ability to collect and interpret data useful to formulate independent judgments, critically reflecting on the current reality and on the historical reasons that have determined it. In particular, they will be able to critically consider their personal experience, evaluate the reliability of sources and information, and integrate the acquired knowledge in a conscious way.

Communication skills:
since the teaching is specifically dedicated to the analysis of communication processes and products, the student will put to good use the work done on the contents together with the teacher and the other students to develop the ability to communicate in a clear and well-founded way personal experience and his reflections both during the lessons and during the exam and in non-educational context toward specialists and non-specialist interlocutors.

Learning skills:
thanks to the approach to the subject, which tends to problematic reflection and aims at developing a critical sense with respect to the current reality, the student will develop the stimuli and skills needed to increase their knowledge through further non-occasional studies and even independently conducted.



Course unit content

The course is dedicated to peculiar aspects of the musical language both in general and with specific reference to the theory and practices of communication:
1) The peculiarities of musical language and the relationship with other languages: a) "pure" music; b) music and word; c) music and image
2) The methods of execution: a) the ritual; b) the feast; c) the show; d) places of music; e) the relationship between the author/performer and the public
3) Reproduction: a) the musical text (manuscript, printed, electronic); b) the recorded and televised execution
4) Information: a) promotion and diffusion; b) news and criticism (periodical press, radio and television, internet, etc.).

Full programme

See 'Contents'.


Bibliography contains general reference texts. The final list for the preparation of the exam is provided at the beginning of the lessons on paper and on the Elly online teaching portal.

- M. Capra, ‘Dispensa’ of texts and images (1. "Periodics and musical criticism"; 2. "Technological sound: research, characters and implications"; 3." Verdi, from Musical glory to Father of the Fatherland")
- J. Le Goff, “Documento/Monumento”, in “Enciclopedia Einaudi”, Torino, Einaudi, 1978, vol. 5, pp. 39-47
- M. Capra, “Criticism - Italy: 1890-1945”, in “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians”, ed. S. Sadie, London, Macmillan, 2001, vol. 6, pp. 685-686
- AA. VV., “La divulgazione musicale in Italia”, cur. A. Rigolli, Torino, Edt, 2005
- AA. VV., “Il suono riprodotto. Storia, tecnica e cultura di una rivoluzione del Novecento”, cur. A. Rigolli e P. Russo, Torino, Edt, 2007
- AA. VV., “Arturo Toscanini: il direttore e l’artista mediatico”, cur. M. Capra e I. Cavallini, Lucca, LIM, 2011
- AA. VV., “La critica musicale in Italia nella prima metà del Novecento”, cur. M. Capra e F. Nicolodi, Venezia, Marsilio, 2012
- M. Capra, “Verdi in prima pagina. Nascita, sviluppo e affermazione della figura di Verdi nella stampa italiana dal XIX al XXI secolo”, Lucca, LIM, 2014
- AA. VV., “Verdi e Wagner nel cinema e nei media”, cur. S. Miceli e M. Capra, Venezia, Marsilio, 2014

Teaching methods

Lectures (with constant use of slides, audio and audiovisual aids); meetings with sector operators; guided visits to museums and archives; seminars and conferences.
The exam preparation program (in the versions for attending and non-attending students) is available on paper and on the Elly portal at the beginning of the lessons.
The program for non-attending students provides additional bibliography that make up for the lack of attendance to the lessons.
All the texts indicated for the preparation of the exam can be consulted at the Library of the Musicology section. Texts and images are available at the beginning of the lessons on the Elly portal or can be requested directly from the teacher.
The teaching materials used during the lessons (diagrams, lists and slides in particular) or support for guided tours, seminars and conferences are available on the Elly portal after their use in class or during the aforementioned events.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.
The exam consists of several questions aimed at verifying the degree of knowledge and awareness achieved by the student. For attending students 50% of the test focuses on the content of the lessons (including slides, multimedia aids, guided tours), the remainder on the contents of the texts (including images contained in them) indicated in the exam program. For non-attending students the test focuses on the contents of the texts (including images) indicated in the program.
In particular, the following are evaluated:
- basic methodological awareness through the analysis of the different sources for research
- the knowledge of the presuppositions, of the characteristics, of the evolution of the musical language and of its modalities of expression and diffusion, with special reference to the aspects related to the theory and practice of communication
- the ability to establish relationships and identify differences between the musical language and the languages of other artistic expressions
- awareness and critical sense in relation to the current reality and to the historical roots (in its artistic and cultural aspects and in those related to production and information)
- the capacity for rationalization on specific topics and the correct presentation of the related results.

An insufficient evaluation is determined by the ignorance of the minimum contents of the course; the inability to formulate judgments in an autonomous and founded way, and to relate concepts and events between them; from the inability to express themselves adequately. A sufficient assessment (18-23 / 30) is determined by an acceptable level with respect to the aforementioned evaluation indicators; an average rating (24-27 / 30) reflects a level that is more than sufficient to good; a high rating (28-30 / 30 ‘e lode’) attests a very good to excellent level.

Other information

Lessons and exams at Casa della Musica (p.le San Francesco 1).