University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Gary Towne will give Music Faculty Lecture Oct. 1

The Department of Music and Dr. Katherine Norman Dearden present a Faculty Lecture by Gary Towne Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

“Over the Hills and Far Away: The Place of Bergamo in the Development and Transmission of Polychoral Music” will discuss the how Italian development of music for multiple choirs revolutionized sacred music as much as the madrigal did secular music.  Long thought to have originated in Venice, where it first appeared in 1550, the practice is documented in Bergamo in 1536, with surviving music.  One of three mainland centers for early polychoral music, Bergamo played a significant role in its transmission beyond Italy, to Bavaria, Saxony, and elsewhere.  The paper builds on Dr. Towne's 30 years' research on the subject.