Aesthetics of music and spectacle

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a philosophical basis regarding the essential aspects of the aesthetics of music, performance, and spectacle. The course's goal will be to introduce the notion of «aesthetic category» applied to the history of music, and of performing and visual arts. From year to year, the main focus will be on the relationship between music and words in musical theatre or staging. Particular attention can be given to contemporary librettist or dramaturgical writing, especially in relation to myth. The relationship between musical, visual and performing arts will also be investigated with reference to theatre, musical theatre, or cinema.
Expected learning outcomes
Expected learning outcomes (nuovo testo da inserire in W4)

At the end of the course, students will have acquired notions of philosophy of music and acting that will allow them to analyze complex concepts related to the world of spectacle in general. They will be able to investigate and evaluate a musical or performance work as a whole and in its various elements. Students will also have acquired a new perspective on the practical implications of the theoretical results obtained both concerning music and the relationship between words and music and the relationship between words and images.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will take place in presence if the emergency due to the spread of COVID 19 is resolved. Otherwise, the lessons will occur in remote mode, synchronously (Teams platform) and asynchronously with materials published on the Ariel teaching site. Students will be able to find information to access the lessons, any changes in the program and any changes in the reference material (bibliography, etc.) on the Ariel teaching site. If it is not possible to take the exam in the manner provided for in the Syllabus, the exam can be taken electronically in the way that will be communicated on the Ariel teaching site at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
The course wants to analyze the origin of the aesthetic category of melodramatic and, through the analysis of the pathetic side of the sublime, see its applications in the field of music. Reference will also be made to librettistic writing. Active and involved participation is required.
Part A (20 hours, 3 CFU): Fundamental Parts of Aesthetics of Music and Performing Arts
Part B (20 hours, 3 CFU): From the pathetic sublime to melodrama
The course is aimed at students of the Master's Degree in Music and Performing Arts and students of the Conservatory.
Prerequisites for admission
The course's attendance does not involve any particular prerequisites since it introduces the main themes of Aesthetics of music and performing Arts. It requires propensity and passion for music and performing arts and excellent knowledge of the Italian language.
Teaching methods
The lessons will take place in presence if the emergency due to the spread of COVID 19 is resolved. Otherwise, the lessons will occur in remote mode, synchronously (Teams platform) and asynchronously with materials published on the Ariel teaching site. Students will be able to find information to access the lessons, any changes in the program and any changes in the reference material (bibliography, etc.) on the Ariel teaching site. If it is not possible to take the exam in the manner provided for in the Syllabus, the exam can be taken electronically in the way that will be communicated on the Ariel teaching site at the end of the course.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography for attending students
Part A
M. Mazzocut-Mis ed E. Tavani (a c. di), Estetica dello spettacolo e dei media, Led, 2011.
Part B
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Il gonzo sublime. Dal patetico al kitsch, Mimesis, 2005.
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Frammenti di sipario, Mimesis, 2019 (parts indicated in class).
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Teatro da leggere. Mito e conflitto, Le Monnier, 2020 (parts indicated in class).
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Vuoti a rendere e vuoti a perdere. Drammaturgie poetiche, Le Monnier, 2021 (parts indicated in class).

Bibliography for non-attending students
Part A
M. Mazzocut-Mis ed E. Tavani (a c. di), Estetica dello spettacolo e dei media, Led, 2011.
Part B
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Il gonzo sublime. Dal patetico al kitsch, Mimesis, 2005.
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Frammenti di sipario, Mimesis, 2019.
M. Mazzocut-Mis, Vuoti a rendere e vuoti a perdere. Drammaturgie poetiche, Le Monnier, 2021.
Itinera, Rivista di filosofia e di teoria delle arti, on-line, n. 8 (2014), i saggi: 1. "Il belcanto di Oscar: trasformazioni grottesche del paggio operistico"; 2. "Il grottesco tra Il Trovatore e La Traviata"; 3. "Victor Hugo e il fou du roi: variazioni su un tipo".
Materiali di Estetica. Terza serie, on-line, n. 3.2 (2016), i saggi: 1. "Prospettive sul melodramma: La gazza ladra e Il Trovatore"; 2. "Musica melodrammatica e sincronizzazione"; 3. "La prigione nella memoria e la demitizzazione dell'eroico; 4. Il Kitsch e l'antisublime".
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of two written tests at the end of the course (May) addressed only to the participants (according to the registration during the lessons). These are multiple-choice tests on the texts provided for didactic units A and B. In place of the written tests, attending students are allowed to opt for taking an oral test (during the dates foreseen for the exam session), which consists of an oral exam on the syllabus topics, aimed at assessing the knowledge and skills acquired. Students who are not attending will have to take an oral test during the dates for the exam session, which consists of an oral exam on the syllabus topics of the didactic units A and B (see "Bibliography for not attending students").
Nota bene
International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to make timely contact with the teacher who holds the course.
The examination modalities for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teacher, complying with the competent Office.
M-FIL/04 - AESTHETICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours