Bach and Italy 2020

Suggested topics

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Bach and his Italian models/sources

    1. Composers such as Palestrina, Frescobaldi, Pergolesi, Durante, Gasparini, Corelli, Albinoni, Lotti, Vivaldi…

    2. Forms, genres, styles, formulae

    3. Bach’s transcriptions, adaptations and arrangements of Italian works

    4. Bach's Cantatas on Italian lyrics

  2. Early reception of Bach’s music and personality in Italy (and/or by Italians)

    1. People (Martini, Clementi, Landsberg…)

    2. Cities (Bologna, Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice, Milan…)

    3. Occasions and contexts

    4. Spontini and the Mass in B-minor (Berlin 1828)

  3. Bach and the Italian opera

    1. Italian operatic composers and Bach: Rossini, Verdi, Boito etc.

    2. Bach as an “antidote” to Italian opera

    3. Spontini and his (partial) performance of the Mass in B minor (Berlin 1828)

  4. Bach and the revival of Italian instrumental music

    1. Bach and the Italian non-operatic composers: Sgambati, Martucci, Bossi…

    2. Busoni and Bach

    3. Busoni and Mugellini: the two greatest “Bach pianists” of their time?

    4. Bach and the Italian violin / violin school

    5. Bach and the Italian organ / organ school; organ-making and “Bach-style” organs

  5. Reception of Bach:

    1. Transcriptions, editions, recordings

    2. Bach inspires Italy: analysis and history of the Italian B-A-C-H (or Bach-inspired) pieces

    3. Bach and the Italian musical avantgarde

    4. Bach and the Italian cultures and subcultures: film (e.g. Pasolini’s Il Vangelo secondo Matteo, Olmi’s L’albero degli zoccoli), theatre, TV, popular music…; Bach in the Italian media (radio, TV, etc.)

    5. Bach in the Italian Churches: Bach and Catholic spirituality, theology, liturgy and practice; Bach and the Italian Protestants (Waldensians, Lutherans, Anglicans…); Bach and the ecumenical movement…

    6. Bach to school: Bach’s music in the Italian schools (“educazione musicale”); in the Conservatory programmes; at musical competitions for children and young people…

    7. Nationalism and internationalism: Bach “the German” (phenomena of politicization); Irredentism; Fascism; Europeism…

    8. Bach in Turin and Piedmont: Casella, Perrachio, Scalero etc.; the Vivaldi Archive and Bach

    9. Bach in the Italian musicology and scholarship; in Italian musical criticism

    10. The “Bach-Renaissance” and the Bach-Gesellschaft as a model for the rediscovery of the Italian early-music heritage (Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Vivaldi...)

    11. Bach in Italian art and literature: Bach (and/or his music) as a source of inspiration for Italian visual artists, authors, dancers…; comparisons between Bach (and his music) and Italian visual artists (Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio…) or poets/authors (Dante): which perspective on Bach do such similes transmit?

    12. Disseminating Bach: concert seasons, festivals, initiatives for popularizing his music

    13. Performing Bach in Italy: Italian performers with a focus on Bach’s music; problems, challenges and stimuli when scheduling performances of Bach’s works in Italy (e.g. Italian translations of Bach’s libretti; cultural issues…)

    14. Bach anniversaries in Italy

    15. Bach in the Italian-speaking Cantons of Switzerland

    16. Comparisons between aspects of the Bach-reception in Italy and abroad (e.g. performance, transcriptions, editing etc.)

    17. Foreign views on the Italian reception of Bach (presence of Italian works/authors/musicians in international databases, journals etc.)

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