FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

In the recent “sonic turn” of historiography, there seems to be an enormous amount of interest in “soundscapes”, “aural images”, and similar formulations. Although R.L. Kendrick’s presentation begins with the situation for early modern history, he won’t be stopping there. Indeed, his conclusion will be that historians should be open to engaging the actual musical materials and procedures that were important in, e.g., urban life. The character of these procedures might well have changed from early modernity to late modernity, but some of the guiding principles remain constant.


The event, organized in collaboration by ISIG and ISR, will be held in Italian.

The event will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola, while seats last, and online.

Registration by April 18, 2024 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection.



The masquerades. A couple addressed by a lute player, Leiden, Jacques de Gheyn II or Zacharias Dolendo?, 1595-1596; Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden, PK-THYSIA-666.
https://www.europeana.eu/item/816/item_3246611 (Public Domain)


  • Robert L. Kendrick is an American musicologist and Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He works in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin America, historical anthropology, traditional Mediterranean polyphony, laments, and the visual arts. His most recent book is Fruits of the Cross: Passiontide Music Theater in Habsburg Vienna (University of California Press, 2018). Other books include: The Sound of Milan, 1580-1650 (2002) and Celestial Sirens (1996). A member of Milan’s Accademia Ambrosiana, Kendrick received his PhD (musicology) and MA (ethnomusicology) from New York University, after a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2019 a Knight of the Italian Republic (Class VI). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at FBK’s Italian-German Historical Institute.


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Registration closed on 18/04/2024.



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