Music, Place, and Identity in Italian Urban Soundscapes circa 1550-1860
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Music, Place, and Identity in Italian Urban Soundscapes circa 1550-1860 presents new perspectives on the role music played in the physical, cultural, and civic spaces of Italian cities from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Across thirteen chapters, contributors explore the complex connections between sound and space within these urban contexts, demonstrating how music and sound were intimately connected to changing social and political practices. The volume offers a critical redefinition of the core concept of soundscape, considering musical practices through the lenses of territory, space, representation, and identity, in five parts:
- Soundscape, Phonosphere, and Urban History
- Urban Soundscapes across Time
- Urban Soundscapes and Acoustic Communities
- Urban Soundscapes in Literary Sources
- Reconstructing Urban Soundscapes in the Digital Era
Music, Place, and Identity in Italian Urban Soundscapes circa 1550-1860 reframes our understanding of Italian music history beyond models of patronage, investigating how sounds and musics have contributed to the construction of human identities and communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction (FRANCO PIPERNO, SIMONE CAPUTO, AND EMANUELE SENICI) / PART I: Soundscape, Phonosphere, and Urban History / Chapter 1. Historical Urban Phonosphere: Objects, Concepts, History (ANTONIO ROSTAGNO) / Chapter 2. Some Thoughts on (Early Modern) Sound, Space, and Time (TIM CARTER) / Chapter 3. Urban Soundscapes in Early Modern Italian and Spanish Cities: Confraternities as Acoustic Communities (TESS KNIGHTON) / PART II: Urban Soundscapes across Time / Chapter 4. Early Modern Venice: Soundscapes and Identities (IAIN FENLON) / Chapter 5. Noise and Music Together: Soundscapes of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Rome (SIMONE CAPUTO) / Chapter 6. Interconnections between Urban and Rural Phonospheres in Savoyard Sardinia (MARCO LUTZU AND ROBERTO MILLEDDU) / PART III: Urban Soundscapes and Acoustic Communities / Chapter 7. The Oar, the Trumpet, the Drum: Music and Galley Servitude in Spanish Naples (NATHAN K. REEVES) / Chapter 8. Piarist Resonances during the Jubilees in Rome, 1625–1700 (ALDO ROMA) / Chapter 9. Children Voices in the Phonosphere: Valencia, 1714–1812 (ANDREA BOMBI) / PART IV: Urban Soundscapes in Literary Sources / Chapter 10. Notes from a City of Sound: Spiritual and Secular Tourism in Venice and the Production of Its Urban Image in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (ANDREA CHEGAI) / Chapter 11. Naples, City of Sounds: Representing the Phonosphere of a Romantic Capital (MASSIMO PRIVITERA) / Chapter 12. From the Theatre to the Crowd: The Soundscape of Milan in Giuseppe Rovani’s Cento anni (1856–1869) (GRAZIELLA SEMINARA) / CODA: Reconstructing Urban Soundscapes in the Digital Era / Chapter 13. The Este Soundscape Project: A Methodological Proposal
(ANGELA FIORE AND SARA BELOTTI)
Franco Piperno is Professor of Music History at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Simone Caputo is Assistant Professor of Music History at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Emanuele Senici is Professor of Music History at the Sapienza University of Rome.