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DegreesUniversity of North Carolina, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, M.A.
University of Rochester, B.A.
ExpertiseMusic and poetry of the late Renaissance. The Italian madrigal. Theory and analysis. Orchestral and chamber music of the late-18th and 19th centuries. Songwriting and popular-music studies.
ProfileSeth Coluzzi is a scholar of the music, poetry, and culture of late-Renaissance Italy, whose research focuses on issues of interpretation, analysis, mode, and identity in the Italian madrigal. Seth received his doctorate in 2007 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where his dissertation, "Structure and Interpretation in Luca Marenzio's Settings of Il pastor fido," received the Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. In 2007, Seth served as an academic fellow at the Australian National University, and in 2010–11 was a fellow at Villa I Tatti, Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. His work on the Italian madrigal and early-music analysis has appeared in the Journal of Musicology, Music and Letters, and Music Theory Spectrum (forthcoming). His current book project, Il pastor fido and the Rise of Modern Music and Drama, looks at a pivotal trend in the late madrigal of setting texts from poet Battista Guarini's pastoral tragicomedy, Il pastor fido.
In addition to the Italian Renaissance, Seth's research interests include the symphony and chamber music of the late 18th and 19th centuries (particularly Haydn and Brahms), songwriting, and popular music.
Alongside his scholarly work, Seth is an active singer-songwriter and a performer of ballet and Javanese gamelan.
|MUS||1a||Exploring Western Music|
|MUS||101a||Theory and Musicianship I: Part 1|
|MUS||101b||Theory and Musicianship I: Part 2|
|MUS||131a||History of Music I: Ancient through Early Baroque|
|MUS||133b||History of Music II: Late Baroque and Classical|
|MUS||171a||Form and Analysis|
|MUS||185a||Proseminar in Music of the Renaissance|
|MUS||212a||Seminar: Analyzing Early Music (1300-1600)|
|MUS||213b||Seminar in Music of the Renaissance|
|MUS||217b||Topics in Music of the Eighteenth Century|
Awards and Honors
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects (2012 - 2013)
Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund (2011 - 2013)
Ahmanson Fellow, Villa I Tatti, Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2010 - 2011)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund (2009)
Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology (2007)
Rey M. Longyear Prize for Outstanding Student Paper (2007)
Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Rochester (1998)
UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School Merit Based Assistantship (1998 - 1999)
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Speaking In (and Out of) Mode: Structure and Rhetoric in Marenzio's 'O Mirtillo, Mirtillo anima mia' (1595)." Forthcoming in Music Theory Spectrum (Nov. 2015) (2015). (forthcoming)
Coluzzi, Seth J. "Tirsi mio, caro Tirsi: Il pastor fido and the Roman Madrigal." Perspectives on Luca Marenzio's Secular Music. Ed. Mauro Calcagno. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. 51–73.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Black Sheep: The Phrygian Mode and a Misplaced Madrigal in Marenzio’s Seventh Book (1595)." Journal of Musicology 30. 2 (2013): 129–79.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Review of Andrew Taylor, The Songs and Travels of a Tudor Minstrel: Richard Sheale of Tamworth (Suffolk, UK: York Medieval Press, 2012)." by Andrew Taylor. Early Music America 2013
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "‘Se vedesti qui dentro’: Monteverdi’s O Mirtillo, Mirtillo anima mia and Artusi’s Offense." Music and Letters 94. (2013): 1-37.
Coluzzi, Seth J. "Review of Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)." by Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti. Medievalia et Humanistica vol. 37 2012
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "“Music for Missing Verses in the 1598 Mantuan Performance of Guarini's Il pastor fido”." Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC. 2012.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Speaking In (and Out of) Mode: Amarilli's Voice in Luca Marenzio's 'O Mirtillo, Mirtillo, anima mia'." Winter Meeting of the American Musicological Society, New England Chapter, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. January 31, 2009.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Suggestions of a New Chronology for the Early Pastor fido Madrigal." Medieval and Renaissance Music, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales. July 2008.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Early Music for Modern Ears: The Study of a Distant Musical Culture." guest seminar. Canberra School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Luca Marenzio and the Pastor fido Madrigal." American Musicological Society, South-Central Chapter, Annual Meeting, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. March 2007.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "`Solo e pensoso¿?: Rendering the Lyric `Io¿ in the Italian Madrigal." Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida. March 2007.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Illuminating the Middleground in Late-Renaissance Polyphony." Music Theory Southeast Annual Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. March 2006.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "Tirsi mio, caro Tirsi: Il pastor fido and the Roman Madrigal." Music, Poetry, and Patronage in Late Renaissance Italy: Luca Marenzio and the Madrigal, International Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 2006.
Coluzzi, Seth J.. "The Black Sheep: Finding a Normative Structural Model for the Phrygian Mode." American Musicological Society, Southeast Chapter, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC. October 2005.