A selection of the doctoral students’ papers presented at Dr. Nicole Panizza’s Seminar on American Art Song “Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush”: American Art Song as Praxis are accessible and downloadable (PDF) in the In Depth Section of the ICAMus Website. Edited by Dr. Panizza. In English, with illustrations.
Papers by Marco Gallenga, Teresa Poggiali, Marco Rapetti, Ruhama Santorsa.
The May 18, 2022 workshop was a collaboration of ICAMus with The University of Florence Dipartimento SAGAS-Doctoral School.
Illustration: Pulitzer-Prize winner, American composer Ned Rorem (1923-2022). Marco Rapetti’s paper focuses on Rorem’s art song Grief (from the song cycle Aftermath) setting a text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Aftermath was composed in 2002, after the September 11, 2001 tragic events. Photo © Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times.
READ AND DOWNLOAD A SELECTION OF THE DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ PAPERS PRESENTED AT DR. NICOLE PANIZZA’S SEMINAR “SYLLABLES OF VELVET, SENTENCES OF PLUSH”: AMERICAN ART SONG AS PRAXIS, A COLLABORATION OF ICAMus WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE, DIPARTIMENTO SAGAS - DOCTORAL SCHOOL, MAY 18, 2022; EDITED BY DR. NICOLE PANIZZA. ACCESS THE PUBLICATION AT THIS PAGE (IN DEPTH SECTION).
Marco Rapetti - Poetic(al) antinomies and multi-level dualism in Ned Rorem’s “Grief” (“Aftermath,” 2002) - Paper (PDF).
Marco Gallenga & Ruhama Santorsa - “Songs From Letters”: Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey (1880-1902) - Libby Larsen/Calamity Jane - Paper (PDF).
Teresa Poggiali - Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” - Paper (PDF).
Illustration: Composer Libby Larsen. Her art songs were explored in Dr. Panizza’s May 18, 2022 lecture at the University of Florence, and in her workshop with the doctoral students. The paper by Marco Gallenga and Ruhama Santorsa focuses on Larsen’s song cycle “Songs From Letters”: Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey (1880-1902) (comp. 1998). Photo from the Composer’s Facebook Page - © Libby Larsen.
READ AND DOWNLOAD DR. NICOLE PANIZZA’S LECTURE “SYLLABLES OF VELVET, SENTENCES OF PLUSH”: AMERICAN ART SONG AS PRAXIS, A COLLABORATION OF ICAMus WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE, DIPARTIMENTO SAGAS - DOCTORAL SCHOOL: COMPLETE LECTURE, AND DR. PANIZZA'S INTRODUCTION TO THE MAY 18, 2022 DOCTORAL SEMINAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE AT THIS PAGE.
Dr. Nicole Panizza (Coventry University, UK, and ICAMus Advisory Board) is a performer and a scholar specializing in the American Art Song.
Find out more about the May 16-18, 2022 ICAMus events in Florence, The American Art Song: Poets and Composers from the United States, a project directed by Aloma Bardi and Nicole Panizza HERE.
Illustration: Aaron Copland (1900-1990) at his piano, Rock Hill, 1978; photo © King Wehrle; Aaron Copland Collection; The Library of Congress Music Division, Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress Digital Collections. Teresa Poggiali’s paper focuses on Copland’s song cycle Old American Songs (1st & 2nd set, comp. 1950, 1952), with particular attention to I Bought Me a Cat, the fifth and last piece in Set I.
Special thanks to the doctoral students, Marco Gallenga, Teresa Poggiali, Marco Rapetti, and Ruhama Santorsa, who participated in the May 18, 2022 seminar, and to the University of Florence Musicology Professors, Mila De Santis and Marco Mangani, who fully supported this project.
The title of Dr. Panizza’s workshop at the University of Florence Doctoral School, “Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush”: American Art Song as Praxis, includes a quotation from a letter that Emily Dickinson wrote to her cousin Eudocia Flynt. It is also the title of a song cycle (1989) by American composer Juliana Hall, who is prominent in Dr. Panizza’s research and performance, and in the ICAMus ongoing project on the American Art Song.