FAST – Musicology and Popular Music – Luca Cerchiari

ZONEMODA ° A.A. 2022/2023 | Università di Bologna | Second Cycle Degree in Fashion Studies

Pop Culture Theory – Stefano Marino

Musicology and Popular Music

special lecture with

Prof. Luca Cerchiari

(IULM University – Milano)

Popular music studies are recent: the subject matter, in historical terms, was supposed to go back to the early 1950s, the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, and the appearance of 33 and 45 rpm records. But musicology has recently modified this concept, broadening the geographical and historical answer to the question “What is popular music?” Nowadays this term identifies a genre related to the industrial revolution, the demographic growth of Western societies, and the development of new media systems. A more strict musical definition also relates this genre to worldwide ethnic sources, popular dances (waltz, tango, samba), urban popular songs (cafè-chantant, cabaret), and popular entertainment shows (minstrelsy, vaudeville). In a general musicological perspective, popular music must finally be related to “classical” music, at least in semiographic, harmonic, melodic, and formal terms

Thursday, March 23rd 2023 – 5.00 – 7.00 PM

Room Alberti 13,

Piazzetta Teatini, 13




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