HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY SOCIO-CULTURAL PROCESSES
STORIA DEI PROCESSI SOCIO-CULTURALI CONTEMPORANEI
Twentieth century songs as sources for cultural history
La canzone del Novecento come fonte per la storia culturale
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The aim of the course is to offer a diachronic investigation of the role and importance of songs during the short Twentieth Century, with particular regard to contemporary Italian cultural history. Quite often, musical language becomes a meeting ground or a battleground between popular and high culture, interpreting and accompanying the nation's main social and economic changes, and generating a debate in which intellectuals and artists participate. Therefore, the evolution of song becomes key to explaining twentieth century's cultural processes.
To follow the guidelines described above, we will analyse how the language of popular and ‘auteur' songs has played a primary role in the construction of a national culture in various historical moments: during wars and their aftermath, in the history of the Italian Republic, through the economic boom and student protests to the Eighties.
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
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