Through Greek, Arab, and Norman conquests, the essence of Sicily has remained the same. So does the spirit of its music, starting with 12th century chant, continuing with Scarlatti and Bellini, and enduring in folk music.
What Makes It Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone.
Participation is free.
The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.
Casa Italiana NYU’s music listening club goes on a regional tasting tour! Discover how Italy’s regional schools contribute to italianità and to the larger picture of European musical development. We listen to and discuss selections ranging from Venetian violin virtuosity to Sicilian folk songs; Florentine madrigals to Bolognese instrumental music; and Roman sacred music to Neapolitan opera.