2021 Events Archive

Book presentation on Instrumental Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples by music Professor, Anthony Del Donna
followed by a concert performed by the early music ensemble, Modern Musick

Thursday, November 11 at 7:00pm
Intercultural Center Auditorium

In collaboration with the Georgetown Department of  Performing Arts, the Embassy of Italy, and the Italian Cultural Institute the Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College invites you to view a video of a conversation and discussion between Prof. Anthony DelDonna, author of Instrumental Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples: Politics, Patronage, and Artistic Culture  and Prof. Guido Olivieri from the University of Texas on the instrumental music in Naples in the context of eighteenth century Neapolitan culture.

GU Music Program Director and Prof. Anthony R. DelDonna’s latest book Instrumental Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples: Politics, Patronage, and Artistic Culture investigates the wide-ranging role of instrumental genres within late 18th-century Neapolitan culture and introduces readers to this rarely explored sector of local artistic life.

Join the author in conversation with Prof. Guido Olivieri (University of Texas at Austin) as they discuss the monograph and ongoing research into the instrumental music traditions of Naples.

Anthony R. DelDonna, Ph.D
Professor Musicology and Director of the Music Program at Georgetown University

Prof. DeDonna’s research focuses on stage drama, instrumental music, archival studies, and ballet appearing in numerous sources devoted to early modern Italy.  DelDonna is the author of the monographs Instrumental Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples: Politics, Patronage and Artistic Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2021) Opera, Theatrical Culture and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples (Ashgate, 2012); co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge, 2009); and co-editor of Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (St. Joseph University Press, 2014;). He is about to publish the critical edition of the opera, La ballerina amante (1782) by Domenico Cimarosa and he is working on a book focused on dance traditions in eighteenth-century Naples.

Guido Olivieri, Ph.D
Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin

Prof. Olivieri teaches history of music and directs the UT Early Music Ensemble “Austinato.” Olivieri has published widely in English and Italian through peer-reviewed journals, articles and volumes devoted to early modern Italian music. He always championed the importance of making available musicological research to the general public. He has realized editions of the repertory he rediscovered and worked with international artists and ensembles specialized in early music. He has contributed to more than 10 CD projects and published the critical edition of a newly discovered manuscript sonatas by A. Corelli (Le sonate da camera di Assisi) and of two unknown cello sonatas by G. Bononcini. His current projects include the critical edition of Cimarosa’s masterwork Il matrimonio segreto (Bärenreiter) and a forthcoming book on instrumental music in Naples with Cambridge University Press

The conversation is followed by a concert of instrumental music performed by the music ensemble modern Musick. The program includes the following repertoire:

Alborea sonata for cello & BC in D major 

Cimarosa sonata in C major “per il fortepiano”, ms. 147

Mascitti sonata for violin, cello & BC in g minor, op. 6, no. 15

Guglielmi sonata in F major for kbd & violin, op. 2, no. 4