Rethinking the Soundscape
Musical Events and the Soundscape of Italian Cities,
6-8 June 2019
Sapienza, University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom
Via Aurelia Antica, 391
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The Music section of the Department of "Lettere e Culture Moderne" of La Sapienza University of Rome has launched a research project about “Soundscape and musical events in Italy, XVI-XIX century. Patronage, performance practice, critical editions".
The project is inspired by recent interdisciplinary perspectives offered by studies on the soundscape and urban historiography. It aims to open the discussion about the meaning of soundscape in early modernity (1500-1800). We will focus particularly on Rome, the ceremonial and cosmopolite city par excellence, but also on the wider context of Italian cities between the 16th and the 19th centuries. Researching into music in the physical, symbolic, social and cultural space of the city means problematize the relationships that determine the diversity of musical practices, interpreting them through the concepts of image, place, representation, scenery, space and territory. Historians of music now are solicited to shift the focus from individuals to communities, which modelled the cityspace physically and acustically, through civic and religious practices; it is also necessary to interrogate how the interaction among soundscape, space and urban scenery impacted on the
construction of the identity of the city. By stressing the idea that the space is socially constructed through diverse conceptions (of practice, of representation and as a space of representation) it is possible to widen scholarly perspectives about "music in", recontextualizing the musical object we analyse in time and space.
This project is funded by La Sapienza and coordinated by Prof. Franco Piperno. The research team is composed by Prof. Emanuele Senici, Dr Sonia Bellavia, Prof. Andrea Chegai, Prof. Antonio Rostagno and Dr Simone Caputo (postdoctoral research associate). The project is realized in cooperation with the Sapienza Doctoral Programme in Music and Performing Arts.
in cooperation with
The project is realized in cooperation with the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom.
The DHI Rome is the oldest of the historical research institutes of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad. It is dedicated to history and the history of music from the early Middle Ages to the present day, with particular focus on Italy, southern Europe and the Mediterranean area.
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