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Baroque Bridges: Music, Poetry and the Visual Arts in Seventeenth-Century Italy
New Haven, April 2000

Interdisciplinary Conference


Fri.-Sat., April 14-15, 2000 

YALE UNIVERSITY, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, Ct.

Organized by the Departments of Music and Italian (Prof. Ellen Rosand and
Giuseppe Mazzotta)

Contact:  Mauro Calcagno. Tel./fax: (203) 777.2145. E-mail:

During the Baroque, the arts in Italy manifested an especially close
relationship, sharing expressive means as well as ends, and the
distinctions between individual arts blurred. Theater--the very idea of
which served as a unifying metaphor--articulated the separation as well as
fusion of spectacle and spectator, sacred and secular. Opera, by joining
music, poetry, and the visual arts, best embodied the structural
permeability of boundaries typical of this period.
In challenging the traditional limits of the individual arts, Baroque
culture offers an ideal ground upon which to test, today, the very idea of
interdisciplinarity: To what degree are critical strategies or
vocabularies developed for the analysis and interpretation of each art
relevant to the criticism of the others?
This issue will provide the theme of a conference to be held on April
14-15, 2000, at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. The
meeting will feature scholars of different disciplines (music, literature,
art) from Yale as well as other universities, both American and European.


FRIDAY, Apr. 14: 

10:00-11:00: Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale), introductory remarks; Gary Tomlinson
(Univ. of Pennsylvania), keynote address. 

SESSION I, 11:00-1:00 (Ellen Rosand, Yale, chair): Stale Wikshaland (Univ.
of Oslo) on Monteverdi and Subjectivity, Paolo Berdini (Stanford) on
Caravaggio and the Beholder.

SESSION II, 2:00-5:00 (Christopher Wood, Yale, chair): Jonathan Unglaub
(Washington Univ.) on Poussin and Opera Librettos, Paolo Fabbri (Univ.of
Ferrara) on Music and Image in Opera, Federico Schneider (Yale) on Guarini
and Monteverdi.

7:00 CONCERT (WLH, Sudler Hall, free admission): 
"Tears and Song: A Musical Debate in Seventeenth-Century Venice."

SATURDAY, Apr. 15: 

SESSION III, 10:00-1:00 (Kristin Phillips, Yale, chair): Giovanni Pozzi
(Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland) on Sacred Oratory and Emblems, Mauro
Calcagno (Yale) on Venetian Opera and Discourse Analysis, Irving Lavin
(Princeton) TBA.

SESSION IV, 2:00-5:00 (David Quint, Yale, Chair): Nefeli Misuraca (Yale) on
Caravaggio's Aesthetics, Robert Holzer (Yale) on Monteverdi as Rhetorician,
Francesco Guardiani (Univ. of Toronto) on Arts and Music in Marino. 

5:00-6:00: DISCUSSION (Chairs: Giuseppe Mazzotta and Ellen Rosand, Yale).