Maria Borghesi

Italian Reception of J. S. Bach (1950-2000): Words, Sounds, and Ideas

She graduted in Musicology at the University of Pavia by defending a MA Thesis about instructive editions of Two-Part Inventions edited and published in Italy between the 19th and 20th century. Then she worked on a doctoral project titled Italian Reception of J. S. Bach (1950-2000): Words, Sounds, and Ideas . By employing methods typical of the cultural studies on reception, her research is developed into three branches: firstly, it studies the relationship between the role played by Bach's works in the teaching process and in the publication market; secondly, it analyzes the thematic, critical and historiographical trends within the scholarly and non-scholarly publications; thirdly, it discusses the presence, function and choice of Bach's works within the concert scene of Milan and Rome, as well as their relationship with the recording market. Finally, particular attention is devoted to the contexts and to the reception processes of Bach's Lutheran music within a traditionally Catholic country such as Italy. In 2019 she co-founded, together with Chiara Bertoglio,

Maria Borghesi has a Conservatory diploma in Piano and a postgraduate degree in Musicology (University of Pavia, Cremona). She is a PhD candidate at the Hochschule für Musik of Dresden, where she develops a research project on the reception of J. S. Bach in Italy under the guidance of her supervisor Michael Heinemann. 

In 2018 she received a research fellowship at the Deutsch Historisches Institut in Rome; then, she had a contract for the ERC project "Performart"  at the École Française in Rome. She cooperates with the Società Italiana di Musicologia. In July 2018 she was in charge of the secretarial staff at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, in Cremona. In September 2019 she was member of the organising and scientific committee for the International Conference  "Bach at the Dawn of 2020" in Dresden. From January 2020 she is researcher at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, where she collaborates to the ESF/Horizon 2020 project "Der Klang der Staatskapelle Dresden"

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