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Raffaele Mellace

Università di Genova - Musicologist

Bach: research and dissemination

Raffaele Mellace has been writing for a decade (1996-2005) the programme notes for the complete performance of Bach’s cantatas for the “Settimane Bach” promoted by Società del Quartetto and the City of Milan. He published a vast, comprehensive study on Bach’s cantatas (Palermo, 2012, Preface by Christoph Wolff), which has been awarded the C.M. Martini International Award 2013. He edited for the publisher Ariele two volumes including the first Italian complete translation of the texts of Bach’s cantatas (1995-96) and more recently that of the remaining church music. He wrote articles on Bach for journals of musicology, comparative studies and theology, and in collective volumes, CD liner notes (several, extensive listener’s guides for the CD annexed to the journal “Amadeus”) and a good number of programme notes for Teatro alla Scala, festivals and concert seasons. He is currently working on a volume on Bach’s church music.

Raffaele Mellace graduated in Humanities at University of Milan and oboe at Conservatory of Bologna, received a PhD in Musicology from University of Bologna and the Sommerhochschule Diploma from University of Vienna. Since 2011 he is associate professor for Musicology and History of Music at University of Genoa. He has been Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Modern Literatures and Performing Arts. He has been teaching at Università Cattolica (where he still teaches in the Master in Arts Management) and Università del Piemonte Orientale. He is coeditor of the Class-A journal «Il Saggiatore musicale». He sits in the scientific board of «Hasse-Studien», «Hasse-Werkausgabe» (Carus Verlag), «Musica teatrale del Settecento Italiano » (ETS), «Centre européen de musique» (Bougival, France), and “Centro di Musica Antica della Fondazione Ghislieri” (Pavia). He has been writing regularly for Teatro alla Scala since 1993. In 2013 he has been awarded the “Carlo Maria Martini International Award” for his book Johann Sebastian Bach. Le cantate. His main research focuses are 18th-century church music and opera. Publications: books (Johann Adolf Hasse, 2004, German revised edition, 2016; L’autunno del Metastasio, 2007; Johann Sebastian Bach. Le cantate, preface by C. Wolff, 2012; Il racconto della musica europea. Da Bach a Debussy, 20192), editions (J.S. Bach, Passioni, Messe, Mottetti e Magnificat, 2017, «La nostra musica di chiesa è assai differente…». Mozart e la musica sacra italiana, 2018), articles and reviews in journals («Eighteenth-century Music», «Händel-Jahrbuch», «Mozart-Jahrbuch», «Mozart Studien», «Parole rubate», «Il Saggiatore musicale»), books, dictionaries (MGG online), programme notes, CD booklets.