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SOUNDING (OUT) ITALY

Saturday 19 October: 4:00pm - 4:40pm

Faculty of Music, Lecture Room 2, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

The communicative power of sound has long been central to how Italy and Italians have spurred the global imagination. The country has been known as the ‘land of music’ for centuries, and no voice has been deemed more naturally melodious and expressive than the Italian. Indeed, Italy is still largely associated today with the ‘soundtrack’ that supposedly accompanied its 19th-century birth as a nation-state: opera.

Yet, this is at best a one-sided story. What about the tolling of church bells, the watery echoes of Venetian canals or the din of expatriated Italian organ-grinders? Countless sounds and noises have characterised the peninsula and its people over history, but few have a place in present-day scholarly and public discourse.

In this talk, Francesca Vella takes us on a tour of sonic objects and experiences beyond the more traditional aural markers of Italian-ness. The talk launches a months-long programme of activities funded by the British Academy. Future events include an academic workshop, an outreach panel, and a concert featuring the UK premiere of the first opera written (in 1931) for Italian radio.

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Age: 11+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

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