Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Cosimo Colazzo

Italian School Faculty

Diploma in piano, composition, conducting at the Conservatories of Lecce, Rome and Milan. Also has a degree in philosophy. He was a student of Salvatore Sciarrino. Attended courses and workshops with leading composers and conductors, such as Luigi Nono, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös. National awards in composition: SIAE, 1983, Belvidere. He has won many international prizes in composition. He participated with his compositions in various festivals, and his music are performed in Italy and abroad, in various European countries, the United States, Japan, transmitted by Italian national radio and television. His compositions are published by RAI Trade.



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ITAL 6640 - Verdi & 19C Italian Melodrama      

Verdi and the Italian Melodrama of the 19th Century

The study of Italian culture, literature and music cannot be studied independently from opera and melodrama. It is within this genre that many authors, librettists, and musicians have pursued their artistic endeavors for long centuries. In the 19th century it is the melodrama that serves as a vehicle for the expression of romantic and risorgimental ideals. The communicative dimension of the genre developed within the dimension of theatre, which involves a public that is vast and stratified. Opera was driven in its course of evolution by structural definitions and taste, which were in close dialogue with developments in intellectual thinking and other art forms. This course will focus on historical aspects, formal constitution, aesthetic meanings, poetic motivations, musical and technical languages, social correlations and dimensions of production within the Italian operatic tradition. Special attention will be given to the 19th century and the epoch of Giuseppe Verdi.

Required texts: Massimo Mila, Verdi (a cura di Pietro Gelli), Milano, Rizzoli, 2000. ISBN 8817865354, 9788817865357

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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ITAL 6647 - Giacomo Puccini      

Towards the West and East: The 'International Melodrama' of G. Puccini

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Giacomo Puccini embodied/represented a new development to the melodrama with new themes and sensibility, seen both in the theatrical and musical aspects of his masterpieces. What emerges is the capacity for characters and events to unfold in an emotional and psychological manner. The music, in parallel, is fluid and becomes soft. Almost spiritual, liberty enters the musical theater of Puccini and makes it sensitive to curved line, the symbolism, the dimension of dreams. There is thus a sense of the exotic, of a foreign culture, which can become a source of attraction or inspiration: the East with its load of myths and ancient rituals, but also the dynamic and younger West.

Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 6715 - Tarantismo in Southern Italy      

Tarantismo in the Salento area of Southern Italy

This course reviews the ritual occurrence known as Tarantismo, both as a genuine collective phenomenon and as staged (including cinema) festivals.
The lessons discusses anthropological, medical, and ethno-musicological issues which have, over the centuries, dealt with this enigmatic phenomenon that contains pagan and Christian religions, ancient and modern medicine, forms of music therapies, and sexual and sociological behaviors typical not only of Salento's population, but also common, these studies have proven, to other Mediterranean cultures as well.

Required Texts:
Ernesto De Martino, La terra del rimorso: il Sud, tra religione e magia. Nuove edizioni tascabili - Il Saggiatore (Mondadori, 2004).

Summer 2012

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