SERIES: Seven Albums to Tell a Century
SPEAKER: Ernesto Assante
DATE: Tuesday, December 27, 6 p.m.
PLACE: Sala del refettorio
The twentieth century was the century in which popular music transformed in style, purpose, and soul; it transitioned from amusement to art; it had an impact on language, culture, and customs; it created one market and unlocked others; it told stories and accompanied history. Italian song has therefore undergone a further, profound change since the second half of the century, with the emergence of a generation of songwriters who have been able to weave stories and history, express individual passions and group emotions, and give substance to dreams, visions, hopes, and desires. Through seven albums, Ernesto Assante attempts to retrace the development of popular music in the 20th century. He selects ten masterpieces that everyone should be familiar with and adore. Seven essential phases are required to comprehend who we are and where we are going to go.