Invenzione musicale (Musical invention) by Renata Zatti

Exciting news to announce !

The book Renata Zatti. Invenzione musicale, edited by Laura Zattra (Padova, CLEUP), 2012, is now available and it is published by Cleup.

Invenzione musicale is an unusual manuscript that may be read as an unconventional handbook for young composers and a novel as well. The contents of the book establish the type of musical education that should be used in a teacher-pupil relationship, as outlined by Renata Zatti (1932-2003). Musical creativity should be an interplay between the two poles of the complete liberty based on inner competences and a guided technical learning. It has been said that composition cannot be taught and the most the teacher can do is to guide the student in his/her work. Musician and self-taught composer Renata Zatti wrote a book in the ‘80s trying to show this vision.

The book is staged as a Plato’s dialogue, and it is based on two characters: the teacher (R. Zatti) and the pupil (Carlo). This character really existed: Carlo was born in 1970 and took very pleasant musical lessons, as he recalls, with his aunt during the first half of the ‘80s. The materials they produced became materials for the book. The narration follows the progression of creative exercises in musical simple compositions, in terms of musical theory, forms, traditional and modern harmony (examples are taken from XVII to XX Century). The dialogue follows the interwoven and dynamic act of creating, planning, doing, and readjusting.

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