Frost Musicologist Matteo Magarotto to Present the Mozart Online Lecture Series

Frost Musicologist Matteo Magarotto to Present the Mozart Online Lecture Series

By UM News

Frost Musicologist Matteo Magarotto to Present the Mozart Online Lecture Series

By UM News
The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is pleased to announce the Mozart Online Lecture Series. Join us for three lectures (September 3, 10, 17, 2020, 7:30–8:30 pm ET) presented by Matteo Magarotto, Frost Lecturer in Musicology, whose research focuses on the enlightenment, aesthetics, and the analysis of Mozart’s music.
The series continues the tradition established by internationally renowned musicologist Frank Cooper (Frost’s Research Professor Emeritus, Musicology).  The talks will explore multiple facets of the composer and how he has been understood (and misunderstood) from his time to ours. We will discuss the tension between demonic darkness and angelic light in his music, his comical side, and how various myths and legends have contributed to his enduring iconic status.
 
 “These fall lectures have been given over the years by Frank Cooper.  I am honored and grateful with his blessing to be following in his footsteps,” states Professor Magarotto.  “Each of the three evenings will take a particular angle, with connecting threads between them, and will be intriguing, amusing, and perhaps surprising.”
 
The first talk“Mozart: Demon and Angel,” will explore the origins of these two facets (terror/grace), retracing the historical path that led from the earliest biographies of the composer, through Romantic tales, to the 1984 film Amadeus. A plenitude of musical examples will highlight and complicate Mozart’s two-face image. (Did Salieri poison Mozart?  Your curiosity . . . should be satisfied).  The second talk, “Mozart: Parodist and Comedian,” will be a wild ride through the range of Mozart’s comic attitudes (jests, puns, rude humor) and genres (canons, Figaro, a hilariously awful musical farce). It is an evening filled with amusing examples, but one that also raises some critical issues of class, gender, and race.  In the last talk we look atMozart: Myth and Icon,” we attempt to unravel the entanglement of history and myth that lies behind Mozart as a cultural icon. We will encounter early rumors about his death (hello again, Salieri), fanciful anecdotes, a forgery, and pseudo-scientific claims about classical music and IQ. Will a beloved Mozart remain standing at the end? Join us to find out!   
About Matteo Magarotto
Matteo Magarotto is a Lecturer in the Department of Musicology at the Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in music history, bibliography, and analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology with a minor in music theory from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and has also received degrees from Università degli Studi di Milano (MA, musicology; BA, cultural heritage studies) and the Conservatorio di Novara (piano diploma). Prior to his appointment at the Frost School of Music, Magarotto taught at Cincinnati and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and was a one-year visiting scholar at Cornell University.  
 
A committed pedagogue, Magarotto has presented papers on team learning, addressing biases in Western music, and inclusive approaches for students with disabilities at sessions of the Teaching Music History Conference. His research focuses on Mozart, the Enlightenment, aesthetics, and music analysis. He has presented his work at meetings of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, chapters of the American Musicological Society, the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, the European Music Analysis Conference, and the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the Royal Musical Association. In 2019 his alma mater invited him to deliver a talk for the Thinking About Music Lecture Series. Publications include “Nonlinear Temporality in Mozart’s Instrumental Music” (Music Research Forum, 2016) and “The Hero’s Journey: Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 3, Eroica” (A-R Online Music Anthology). A chapter co-authored with William A. Everett is forthcoming in the collection Sound Pedagogy: Radical Care and Social Justice for Students in Music