Date/Time: Thu 06 Apr / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Room N602, 6th Floor, Menzies Building
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Research Seminars
Presented by Prof. John Griffiths
Venetian patrician, singer and author of Compositione musicali (1602), Heteroclito Giancarli might be the man to subvert one of the pivotal myths of Western musical culture, the tip of an iceberg that leads to an alternate birth of opera. From their headquarters in Florence, was it really the Bardi Camerata that killed off polyphony in order to reinvent monody so that the Ancient World could triumph over Modernity? Instead, Giancarli leads to a different story about a century of singing to the lute and a Baroque style that grew from Renaissance traditions rather than as reaction against them.
John Griffiths, Professor of Music at Monash, is one of the world’s preeminent scholars of renaissance instrumental music for lute, vihuela and other plucked strings, particularly from Mediterranean Europe. Current projects include an encyclopaedia of tablature, an integrated database of vihuela music and a book on urban history of renaissance Valladolid.
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