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    Lectures and Presentations by Year

    — 2018

    Pittsburgh (USA), University of Pittsburgh, Research Symposium Race and Empire in Global Music History, 1500-1800, 30-31 March. Paper: “Une âme? Staging Slavery in French Haiti”.

    — 2017

    Florence (Italy), Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, International Conference Music in the Mediterranean Diaspora, 18-19 May. Paper: “Staging Slavery in French Haiti, 1760-1790”. 

    Barcelona (Spain), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 20 April, X Jornadas de Jóvenes Musicólogos y Estudiantes de Musicología, Round Table: Nuevas perspectivas en la historiografía musical, with Tess Knighton and Luca Chiantore. 

    — 2016

    Pisa (Italy), Scuola Normale Superiore, Classe di Scienze Umane, for the Cycle of lectures Tra amore e follia: Ariosto, Cervantes, Shakespeare, 13 December. Lecture: “Il mal d'amore in musica fra Medio Evo e Rinascimento”. 

    Oxford (UK), University of Oxford, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, 31 October. Lecture: “Che cosa è quest’Amor? Paradiso, Cavalcanti and Francesco Landini”.

    Oxford (UK), University of Oxford, Faculty of Music, 27 October, Lecture: “En remirant oy chanter. Intermediality in Late-Medieval Song”.

    Urbino (Italy), University of Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’, Summer School in Art History Barocco mediterraneo, 12-16 September, Lecture: “Esse est percipi. Note sulla natura morta musicale nel secondo Seicento italiano”.

    Oxford (UK), Oxford Dante Society, 25 May, Lecture: “Che cosa è quest’ Amor? Paradiso, Cavalcanti and Francesco Landini”.

    Tel Aviv (Israel), Tel Aviv University, 28 March, Lecture: “Wordlessness in Late Medieval Music”.

    Turin (Italy), Università degli Studi di Torino, Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici, 25 February, Study Day Messaggi in codice. Lecture: “Il Codex Boverio e l'ars subtilior”.

    Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, 25-26 January, Third Singapore Heritage Science Conference: The Treasure of Human Experiences. Paper: “Microcosmos. Historicizing musical multiculturality”.

    — 2015

    Certaldo (Italy), Centro Studi sull’Ars Nova Italiana del Trecento, 17-19 December, Seminario internazionale: Nel 750° anniversario della nascita di Dante Alighieri. Letteratura e Musica del Duecento e del Trecento. Paper: “Che cosa è quest’ Amor. Cavalcanti e Paradiso in una ballata di Landini”. 

    Bern (Switzerland), University of Bern – Swiss Musicological Society, 8 December. Lecture: “En remirant oy chanter. Intermedialität im spätmittelalterlichen Lied”.

    Philadelphia (USA), University of Pennsylvania, 5-6 November, International Conference: Dante and Music. Paper: “Che cosa è quest’ Amor: Cavalcanti and Dante’s Paradiso in a ballata by Francesco Landini”.

    Turin (Italy), Università degli Studi di Torino – MiTo Settembre Musica, 9-11 September, Conference AnDante. Paper: “Dolce sinfonia di Paradiso. Cavalcanti cristianizzato attraverso il Paradiso dantesco in una ballata di Landini”.

    Rome (Italy), Institut français de Rome Centre Saint-Louis – Villa Mirafiori, 18-20 June, Colloque international franco-italien: Philologie et musicologie. Des sources à l’interprétation poético-musicale, organized by Università ‘La Sapienza’ di Roma, Collège de France, École Pratique des Hautes Études/SAPRAT. Keynote lecture: “Ancora sull’enture: membrane intermediali tra poesia e musica alla fine del Trecento”

    Basle (Switzerland), IMS – Schola Cantorum Basiliensis – Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Basel, 23 April, Meeting of the Study Group on Tablature of the International Musicological Society. Paper: “Faenza 117”. 

    Ravenna (Italy), Università degli Studi di Bologna - Dipartimento di Beni culturali, 4-5 February, International Conference, La cornice. Soglia e confine nel Trecento. Paper: “Cum humanum sit peccare. Espedienti ‘di cornice’ nella polifonia trecentesca”. 

    — 2014

    Certaldo (Italy), Centro Studi sull’Ars Nova Italiana del Trecento, 11 December, Seminario internazionale: Poesia e musica nel Trecento e nel Quattrocento. Problemi di ricezione e di attribuzione. Paper: “Parole doppie and other problems of text underlay”.

    Basle (Switzerland), Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, 21 November, International Symposium Reworkings. Musical Re-Elaboration and Cultural Context, Paper: “Hothby's Bedingham. Once Again Rethinking O Rosa bella”. 

    Florence (Italy), Fondazione Franceschini - Archivio Gianfranco Contini, 25 October, Seventh International Seminar “Clemente Terni”, Paper: “‘Parole doppie’ e altri problemi di text underlay”. 

    Lugano (Switzerland), Università della Svizzera Italiana, 17 September, Istituto di Studi Italiani, Lectura Dantis III. Paradiso. Lecture: “Dolce sinfonia di Paradiso. Tre commenti sulla musica e il silenzio nel cielo di e dopo Dante”.

    Basle (Switzerland), Department of Musicology, University of Basle, 6 June, Forum-Initiative Musikforschung zur Vormoderne, Paper: “Matteo da Perugia's French Petrarch”. 

    Havana (Cuba), 17-21 March, VIII Coloquio Internacional de Musicología de la Casa de las Américas y I Conferencia de la Asociación Regional de la Sociedad Internacional de Musicología para la América Latina y el Caribe (ARALC/IMS). Paper: “La presencia de América Latina en la Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”. 

    Boston, Massachusetts (USA), Boston University, 21 February. Lecture: “Ta fin est mon commencement: Composing in Italy in the Late Fourteenth Century”. 

    Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), Harvard University, 19 February. Lecture: “What’s in a Musical Manuscript? MS Faenza 117 and Its Newly Revised Context”.

    — 2013

    Florence (Italy), Fondazione Franceschini - Archivio Gianfranco Contini, 2-3 December, Sixth International Seminar “Clemente Terni”, Music and Poetry of the Italian Trecento: Towards a New Critical Edition of the Ars Nova Repertoire (Respondent). 

    Bologna (Italy), Diciassettesimo Colloquio di Musicologia del Saggiatore musicale, 22-24 November, Round Table “Scritture musicali del Medioevo e del Rinascimento: che cosa celano, che cosa svelano”. Paper: “Spie e metacodici nel Codex Faenza 117”.

    Basle (Switzerland), Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft, 14 November. Lecture: “Helas Avril – Matteo da Perugias französischer Petrarca”. 

    Florence (Italy), Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut, 4 October, Giornate residenziali del Dottorato confederale in Civiltà Italiana dell’Università della Svizzera Italiana. Lecture: “'Ta' fin est mon commencement. Due lezioni sul comporre in Italia alla fine del Trecento: (1) Ciconia e gli umanisti. Analisi e poiesis nella Nova musica; (2) Matteo da Perugia. Variazioni sull’enture”. 

    Utrecht (The Netherlands), 25 August. Early Music Festival. Lecture: “Ciconia the European”. 

    Novacella (Italy), 25-28 June, Eleventh International Symposium on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music. Paper: “Helas, Avril: Matteo da Perugia’s French Petrarch”.

    Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Orgelpark, in collaboration with the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands, 6-8 June, International Symposium The Medieval ‘Van Straten Organ’ at the Orgelpark as a Historical Document. Paper: “The Faenza Codex”. 

    Ghent (Belgium), Orpheus Institute, 25-27 March, International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory 2013. Experimental Affinities in Music from Late Middle Ages to the Present. Paper: “Amor ch’ay visto ciascun mio pensiero. Auctoritas and Experiment in a Ballata by John Hothby”. 

    — 2012

    Basle (Switzerland), University of Basle, in collaboration with the University of Zurich, 5 November, Festvortrag Zum Gedenken an den 600. Todestag von Johannes Ciconia. Paper: “Johannes Ciconia und die Redekünstler”.

    Berlin (Germany), Universität der Künste, 28-29 September, Internationale Konferenz Bläsermusik der Renaissance: Instrumente, Kontexte, Repertoire. Paper: “Soventt mes pas: A Note on the Codex Faenza’s ‘Dances’”. 

    Nottingham (UK), 10 July, Keynote lecture at the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference 2012. Title: “Manuscripts as Icons”. 

    Venice (Italy), Fondazione Levi, 10-11 May, Conference Urbanity and Identity between East and West: Music, Art and Culture at the Time of Basle-Ferrara-Florence-Rome Council (1431-1445). Paper: “Cantus Graecus. More on the Codex Faenza”. 

    Graz (Austria), University of Graz, 12-15 April, Invited lecturer at the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop Cognition of Early Polyphony: Bringing Together Humanities and Sciences. Paper: “Scribes as Analysts: Codex Faenza and the Transmission of Instrumental Polyphony in Late Medieval Italy”. 

    — 2011

    Saarbrücken (Germany), University of Saarland, 9 November, Lecture “The Codex Faenza and the MS. Mantova 518”. 

    Kiel (Germany), Jahrestagung 2011 der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, 5-8 October, Panel organized by Signe Rotter Broman ‘Italienisch’ und ‘französisch’ um 1400 historiographische Modelle und analytische Kategorien. Paper: “Matteo da Perugia’s French Petrarch”.

    Naples (Italy), Università degli Studi di Napoli II, 26-28 October, Conference Boccaccio angioino. Paper: “Musica e poesia nella Napoli angioina”.

    Cremona (Italy), Scuola di Paleografia e Filologia Musicale, Università di Pavia, 18 January. Lecture: “Vuoto legale. Contrappunto a tre e teoria implicita nel primo Quattrocento italiano”. 

    — 2010

    Basle (Switzerland), Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, 18-20 November, Conference Werk, Werkstatt, Handwerk Neue Zugänge zum Material der Alten Musik. Paper: “Je ne scay lequel m’a plus conturbée. Once Again on Matteo da Perugia’s Contratenors and Reworkings”. 

    Leuven (Belgium), Katholieke Universiteit, 1-2 November, Conference Miniatures and Music at the Court of Anjou (Naples, ca. 1340). Paper: “Ochi piangete. Notes on the Ars nova in Naples”.

    Novacella (Italy), Tenth International Symposium on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music, 28 June - 3 July. Paper: “Compassio. Reconsidering Marchetto da Padova’s Theory of Intervals and Aesthetic of Semitones”. 

    Saarbrücken (Germany), University of Saarland, 27 May, lecture “Matteo da Perugia and the Ars contratenoris”. 

    UC Berkeley, California (USA), Ernest Bloch lectures, January-April,
    Series The Music of Theory. Theorist-Composers in Late Medieval Italy:

    1. Johannes Ciconia, Inaudita Imponere.
    2. Paolo da Firenze and His Readers.
    3. Filippotto da Caserta, Music as Theory.
    4. Marchetto da Padova, a Rhetoric of Temperament.
    5. «Legal gap» and Polyphonic Experimentation in Late Medieval Italy.
    6. Implicit theory: Matteo da Perugia and the Ars contratenoris ante litteram.

    — 2009

    Rome (Italy), The American Academy, 6 March, Conference Palimpsests in Perspective. Paper: “Sovrascrittura tra caso e ratio nell’Ars nova in Italia”.

    Venice (Italy), Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 22 May, Seminar John Dunstaple. English polyphony in fifteenth-century Italy. Paper: “Reflecting on Temperaments: Ciconia’s De proportionibus”. 

    Certaldo (Italy), Centro Studi sull’Ars Nova Italiana del Trecento, 12-14 June, Eighth Conference: Beyond 50 years of Ars Nova Studies at Certaldo. Paper: “Fiortise. Notes on Antonius de Leno’s Regole del sonare”. 

    Antwerp (Belgium), 27 August, International Young Artists’ Presentation. Lecture: “Performing perspective”. 

    Basle (Switzerland), Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, 28-30 September. Lecture: “The Codex Faenza 117”. 

    — 2008

    Dublin (Ireland), National Gallery of Ireland, 23 October. Lecture: “The Italian Ars subtilior”.

    Albarracín (Spain), Fundación Santa María de Albarracín, 27-29 November, Seminario Internacional de Música Medieval. Lecture: “Verona, Bibl. Capitolare, MS PP: A New Trecento Diminution and Its Context”.

    Rome (Italy), Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 6 June, Conference Musicologia fra due continenti. L’eredità di Nino Pirrotta. Paper: “Echi di influenze pirrottiane in sessant’anni di ricerca musicologica”.

    Venice (Italy), Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 6 May, Seminar Johann Rosenmüller (1617-1684). Music and dissimulation in 17th century Europe. Paper: “Reflections on the Sonata seconda (1682)”. 

    Brescia (Italy), Fondazione Civiltà Bresciana, 4 April, Conference Musica e liturgia nel medioevo bresciano. Paper: “Ore Pandulfum. Il contratenor come glossa strutturale”.    

    Boston, Massachusetts (USA), Wellesley College, 6 March. Lectures: “Le grant desir. Reflections on Matteo da Perugia”, and “Performing performance”.

    Davis, California, (USA), UC Davis, 26 February - 3 March, Artist in Residence. Lecture: “Le grant desir. Reflections on Matteo da Perugia”; Symposium 3 March: Compositional Processes. Lecture: “Performing performance”.

    Berkeley, California (USA), UC Berkeley, 25 February. Lecture: “On the structure of Faenza 117”. 

    Chapel Hill, NC (USA), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 20 February. Lecture: “Faenza 117. Scribes and readers”. 

    — 2007

    Albarracín (Spain), Fundación Santa María de Albarracín, 29-30 November, Seminario Internacional de Música Medieval. Lecture “The compilation of Modena A”.

    Pavia (Italy), Università di Pavia, 23 October, Conference Arte, cultura e musica nei territori viscontei. Lecture: “Lacuna. Il restauro del suono del passato”. 

    Venice (Italy), Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 12-14 September, Dialogo: Ereditare il passato. Tradizioni, traslazioni, tradimenti, innovazioni. Lecture: “Lacuna. The restoration of past sound”. 

    Antwerp (Belgium), International Young Artists’ Presentation, 28 August. Lecture: “Wind ensembles and performing strategies”. 

    Venice (Italy), Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 19 May, Conference The Codex Faenza 117 and the Alternatim in Late Medieval Italy. Paper: “Cenni sulla filiazione e genesi del repertorio liturgico di Fa117”.

    Venice (Italy), Fondazione Levi, 14 May. Lecture: “Codicological considerations on Faenza 117”. 

    — 2006

    Collazzone (Italy), Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, 6 July. Laboratorio sul progetto “Matteo da Perugia”. 

    Novacella (Italy), Ninth International Symposium on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music, 3-9 July. Paper: “Una nuova fonte musicale quattrocentesca a Mantova”. 

    — 2005

    Certaldo (Italy), Centro Studi sull’Ars Nova italiana del Trecento, 18-19 December, Seventh Conference. Lecture: “Equivocus. Riflessioni per una nuova lettura del rapporto testo musica nel Trecento italiano”. 

    Florence (Italy), Kunsthistorisches Institut Max-Planck, 27-29 May, Conference Musica e arti figurative. Rinascimento e Novecento. Paper: “Ars Modernior. Le avanguardie musicali del primo Quattrocento in Italia”. 

    — 2004

    Tokyo (Japan), University of Tokyo, 9 June. Lecture “Historiography and New Findings in the Codex Faenza 117”. 

    Cremona (Italy), Scuola di Paleografia e Filologia Musicale, Università di Pavia, 19 May. Lecture “Nuova musica nel Codex Faenza 117”. 

    — 2003

    Dozza (Italy), University of Bologna and Villa I Tatti, Seminari Internazionali “Jacopo da Bologna”, 14-17 July. Lecture “Paolo da Firenze, Johannes Ciconia, e il Ms. Siena L. V. 36.”.

    New York, NY (USA), City University of NY, 25 April. Lecture “Antonello da Caserta’s Amour m’a le cuer mis en tel martire”. 

    Novacella (Italy), Eighth International Symposium on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music, 23-26 July. Lecture: “Passio cordis. Lirica e patologia in una ballade trecentesca”.

    — 2002

    Teramo (Italy), Istituto Abruzzese di Storia Musicale, 6 December, Conference Zacara da Teramo. Paper: “Filiazione e contesto di un Credo di Zacara”. 

    Utrecht (The Netherlands), Early Music Festival, 25 August. Lecture “Novelties on Faenza 117”. 

    Dozza (Italy), University of Bologna and Villa I Tatti, Seminari Internazionali “Jacopo da Bologna”, 10-14 July. Lecture: “Johannes Ciconia, teorico-compositore”.

    Girona (Spain), University of Girona, 9 June. Lecture: “Lo gallo mio: Vitry en Italia”.

    Lille (France), 25-28 January: “Novelties on the structure of Fa117”. 

    — 2001

    Dozza (Italy), University of Bologna and Villa I Tatti, Seminari Internazionali “Jacopo da Bologna”, 10-14 July. Lecture “La codicologia del manoscritto Modena, Biblioteca Estense, Alpha. M. 5. 24”.

    — 2000

    Novacella (Italy), 27-29 July, Conference Music in Court and City, ca. 1300 to ca. 1430. Paper: “The Codex ModA and Chromatics in Matteo da Perugia”.

    Oxford (UK), University of Oxford, 24 February. Lecture: “Matteo da Perugia’s Contratenors and Reworkings”. 

    — 1998

    Liège (Belgium), 17-19 September, Conference Johannes Ciconia: Musician of the Transition. Paper: “Lizadra donna, Matteo da Perugia and the Problem of Contratenors in Ciconia’s Work”. 

    — 1997

    Utrecht (The Netherlands), 29 August - 1 September, International Improvisation Symposium. Paper: “Contratenor Improvisation in the Italian Trecento”. 

    Paris (France), Fondation Royaumont, 2-4 July, Conference La voix et les instruments dans l’Italie du XIVe siècle. Paper: “Scoring in ModA”. 

    — 1996

    Paris (France), Fondation Royaumont, 19-21 September, Conference Tempéraments, échelles sonores, micro-intervalles: une nouvelle frontière de la musique. Paper: “Micro-Intervals in Italian Ars subtilior?”.

    — 1995

    Basle (Switzerland), Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, 19-21 September, Conference Virtuosität und Wirkung in der Musik. Paper: “Virtuosus cantor, virtuosus musicus: Chromatic Skills and Notation in ModA”.

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