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History & Politics, Music

Neapolitan Vocalism

What Makes it Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music

November 23, 2020
6:30 pm

Lyrical Naples is credited with founding the school of opera that changed the world. We listen among others to Nicola Porpora, who taught singing to Farinelli and composition to Haydn.

What Makes It Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone.

Participation is free.

The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.

Please email to confirm your attendance and receive an invitation link.

Casa Italiana NYU’s music listening club goes on a regional tasting tour! Discover how Italy’s regional schools contribute to italianità and to the larger picture of European musical development. We listen to and discuss selections ranging from Venetian violin virtuosity to Sicilian folk songs; Florentine madrigals to Bolognese instrumental music; and Roman sacred music to Neapolitan opera.