Sicilian Instrumental Music During the Ottocento: A Rediscovery of Forgotten Repertoire for Piano and Flute


Ali Snow

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Christopher Scheer


During the Italian Ottocento, purely instrumental genres were overshadowed by opera and, as a result, have been largely forgotten today both within and without Italy. This project will explore this lacuna through a case study drawn from the piano music of three Sicilian composers, Gaspare Tamburello, Giuseppe Perrotta and Gaetano Impallomeni. By evaluating how their music embodies Ottocento culture, as well as its abstract musical content, performers will show that this neglected repertoire is worthy of repeated contemporary revival. To accomplish this, I will be collaborating with professional Italian musicians Davide Macaluso and Marco Zafarana to prepare and present lecture-recitals on March 24th, 2014 at St. John's Episcopal Church, March 25th, 2014 in the Music Department, and at a concert in Salt Lake City on March 28th, 2014 in the Assembly Hall. I will also present this research at the Honors Student Showcase on April 11th, 2014 at the Merrill-Cazier Library.

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