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Music History Talk by Emiliano Ricciardi

Event Date: 
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:00am

Gesualdo’s Settings of Torquato Tasso’s Lyric Poems: A Comparative Study

TIME & LOCATION: 11am, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass campus

TOPIC: A discussion of the first two books of madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo, settings of Tasso's lyric poems, providing perspective on early madrigal style and its rich musical tradition, while tracing possible influences and lineages.

SPEAKER: Emiliano Ricciardi, Lecturer in Music History, UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance, completed a Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University, supported by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He holds an M.Phil. in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Diploma in violin performance from the Conservatory of Rome, Italy, and a Bachelor in Humanities from the University of Rome.

He has published articles and reviews in The Journal of Musicology, Renaissance Quarterly and Notes, and has presented papers at international conferences in the U.S. and Europe. With Stanford University's Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, he is preparing a digital edition of the about 500 extant settings of Tasso's lyric poetry. Ricciardi is a violinist and an avid chamber musician and has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe with leading ensembles and soloists.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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