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Italian Madrigal Festival at UMass Amherst

When: April 16-17, 2016

Where: UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor Emiliano Ricciardi has organized a one-of-a-kind two-day festival focusing on the Italian musical compositions popular during the Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

The program includes symposiums, talks, concerts and more. (Click here for event’s official page)


Saturday, April 16

Scholarly Symposium
UMass Renaissance Center, 650 E. Pleasant St, Amherst (Google map)
Paper Sessions (all day), Performance (10:30am), Exhibit (1-2pm)
Free, please REGISTER: renaissance@english.umass.edu or 413-577-3603
Include your name, contact info and if you are bringing a guest.
Renaissance Center website Renaissance Center, Conferences webpage

8:55am: Welcome by Arthur Kinney (Director, Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies)

9-10:30am: Paper Session I – Rore and Early Wert
Chair: Mauro Calcagno (UPenn)
Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis), “Why is Cipriano de Rore’s I madrigali a cinque voci (1542) Modally Ordered?”
Giuseppe Gerbino (Columbia), “Bringing Before the Eyes: Cipriano de Rore and Enárgeia”
Laurie Stras (Univ. of Southampton, UK), “Traces of Ferrarese Song in Giaches de Wert’s Primo libro de’ madrigali a quattro voci of 1561”

10:30am: Performance, Homage to Rore,
Five College Early Music Collegium,
Robert Eisenstein, conductor

11am-12noon: Paper Session II – Rome and Florence
Chair: Ernest May (UMass)
Anthony Newcomb (UC Berkeley), “The New Roman Style of the 1570s”
James Chater (France), “Stefano Rossetti’s ‘Imitation’ of Isabella de’ Medici: Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone (1567)”

12noon: Salutation by Elizabeth Chilton (Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research)

12noon-1pm: Lunch

1-2pm: Exhibit of Alfred Einstein’s madrigal transcription papers
In collaboration with Smith College Libraries
Pictured: Alfred Einstein, courtesy of Smith College Archives

2-3pm: Paper Session III – Sociability
Chair: Ruth DeFord (Hunter College)
Dan Donnelly (UToronto), “Making an Evening of it: Madrigal Prints as Models for Social Entertainment”
Paul Schleuse (Binghamton), “Singing Madrigals about Singing Madrigals, or Adriano Banchieri on the Delights of Modern Music”

3-4:30pm: Paper Session IV – Intertextuality
Chair: Erinn Knyt (UMass)
Catherine Deutsch (Paris Sorbonne), “Reconstructing Casulana’s Memory Through Intertextual Analysis”
Emiliano Ricciardi (UMass), “Poetic and Musical Intertextuality in the Settings of Tasso’s Rime”
Massimo Ossi (Indiana Bloomington), “Madrigals in Their Place: Intertextuality in Italian Madrigal Books”

4:30-5:30pm: Paper Session V – Late Madrigals
Chair: Marianna Ritchey (UMass)
Seth Coluzzi (Brandeis), “Sung Speech and the Printed Page: Form, Structure, and Temporality in Three Settings of Cruda Amarilli”
Alexandra Amati-Camperi (USF), “Appucundria napoletana: Gesualdo’s 1611 Madrigals Re-examined”

Festival Concert 1
Saturday 4/16, 7:30pm, Grace Church, Amherst (on the common)
Les Canards Chantants, guest vocal ensemble
Madrigals by Agresta, Banchieri, D’India, Gabrieli, Gesualdo, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Valentini & Willaert
$3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors; $10 general public
413-545-2511 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Sunday, April 17

Symposium Roundtables
UMass Campus Center, Room 904-08, Free
8:45-10:15am: Roundtable I
Editing and Performing Madrigals
Chair: Giuseppe Gerbino (Columbia)
Short presentations by Robin Bier (Co-Director, Les Canards Chantants) and Graham Bier (Bryn Athyn College; Co-Director, Les Canards Chantants); Marcello Mazzetti (Univ. of Southampton/UMass) and Livio Ticli (Univ. of Southampton/UMass); Mauro Calcagno (Marenzio Online Digital Edition); Jessie Ann Owens (Rore Project); Emiliano Ricciardi (Tasso in Music Project)

10:30am-12noon: Roundtable II
Future Directions in Madrigal Scholarship
Chair: Anthony Newcomb (UC Berkeley)

Festival Concert 2

Sunday 4/17, 1pm, Bezanson Hall,
UMass Fine Arts Center
Salutation by Jeff Cox, Chair, Dept. of Music & Dance
The Roman Madrigal
Music by Giovannelli, Macque, Marenzio, Nanino, Palestrina
Members of the UMass Chamber Choir & Illuminati Ensemble, Tony Thornton, conductor

$3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors; $10 general public
413-545-2511 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE

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