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Luisa Nardini

Associate Professor



T C 302 • Unarchiving The Arts

42930 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CLA 0.120

This course will introduce students to themes and topics related to the history of music and visual arts through the collections of the Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Arts at UT. The course will involve substantial use of the collections. During lectures and presentations musical manuscripts, prints, objects, and images will be discussed both as vehicles of information and as artifacts. Medieval chant manuscripts will be analyzed in their musical and liturgical content, but also in their aesthetic value, and in their physical components (materials used and techniques employed). Italian opera libretti will familiarize students with the historical circumstances of the creation of this new genre and will disclose significant aspects of the socio-economic forces that were involved in the circulation of operas in early modern Europe. Papers from the Carlton Lake Collection (including documents related to famous artists such as Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Matisse, and Jean Cocteau, among others) will provide a better understanding of fin-de-siècle French culture. Students will also visit current exhibits at the Center and Museum.

In addition to the analysis of documents, students will be introduced to issues related to the organization of public archives and museums, so that they will gain an understanding of the role of special library collections and museums in the contemporary world. Scholars with special interests in the collections of the Center and Museum will be invited to give guest presentations. Visits to the PCL and LBJ library will also provide further exposure to the research resources available on campus. Students will be engaged in oral presentations and will work in teams to study and present about specific sources identified at the beginning of the course.

This course will carry the Writing and Independent Inquiry Flags and will be offered as a First-Year Signature Course.

Readings will include:
selected essays from volumes of the series Man and Music published by Prentice Hall (Antiquity and the Middle Ages: From Ancient Greece to the 15th Century, ed. James McKinnon, 1991; The Renaissance: from the 1470s to the end of the 16th century. ed. Iain Fenlon, 1989; The Early Baroque Era : From the Late 16th Century to the 1660s, ed. Curtis Price, 1993; The Classical Era: From the 1740s to the End of the 18th Century, ed. Neal Zaslaw, 1989; The Late Romantic Era: From the mid-19th Century to World War I, ed. Jim Samson, 1991); selected entries from the Grove Music Online ( and Oxford Art Online (;
primary sources from the online collections of some of the major international libraries, such as the Bibliothèque National de France, the British Library, and the Library of Congress.

This course will involve lectures and discussions based on first-hand examination of resources at the Harry Ransom Center. Students will prepare one final paper and a series of short writing assignments to be submitted throughout the semester.
Final grade breakdown (total 100 points):
64 points: 15-page page final paper (to be prepared in 8 stages, 8 points maximum for each stage)
26 points: short take-home writing assignments
10 points: Attendance and participation

Luisa Nardini, Associate Professor of Musicology, earned her PhD from the Università degli Studi “La Sapienza,” Rome. She was awarded an A. W. Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto and an Associate Research Fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University. She has published numerous essays on medieval music and theory and has two books forthcoming on the musical traditions of medieval southern Italy. 

EUS 347 • Music And Medievalism

36395 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM DFA 4.104

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R S 357 • Sacred Polyph Mid Ages-Renais

44310 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MRH 2.634

Please see advisor for more information.

R S 357 • Plainchant-W

44698 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MRH 2.604

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ITC 349 • Mus/Vis Art In 14th-C Italy-W

38153 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MRH 2.604

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R S 383 • Post-Gregorian Chant

44325 • Spring 2007
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM MRH 3.134

Please see the graduate coordinator for more information.

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