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Giuseppe Gerbino

Musical Insights into the Core

2017-18 CUSP Distinguished Speaker Series - Core Connections

Monday, February 26, 2018
6:00–8:00 p.m. 
Davis Auditorium

Please check back for more information!Although intertwined in vocal music, music and speech belong to two related but different sound systems. What can we learn from music that we cannot learn from language? Taking its cue from classical antiquity, Renaissance humanism linked the power of music to the affective roots of human motivation and behavior. Giuseppe Gerbino's talk explores the historical implications of the idea that while emotions my control behavior without awareness, music can be used to control emotions. 


Giuseppe Gerbino is Professor of Historical Musicology at Columbia University. His research interests include the Italian madrigal, the relationship between music and language in the early modern period, early opera, and Renaissance theories of cognition and sense perception. He is the author of Canoni ad Enigmi: Pier Francesco Valentini e l'artificio canonico nella prima metà del Seicento (Rome, 1995), and Music and the Myth of Arcadia in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge, 2009), which won the 2010 Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society. His research has been supported by the American Musicological Society, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), the Renaissance Society of America, the Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Italian National Research Center (CNR). In 2013, Columbia honored him with the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award.

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