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Dr Alberto Sanna

School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 3170
Arts and Humanities

I am a musicologist and violinist from Sardinia, Italy. Before joining Liverpool Hope University’s Music Department in January 2012, I was Lecturer in Music at Magdalen College, Jesus College and Lincoln College, University of Oxford. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the Milan Conservatory in Italy, a Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in the U.S.A., a Master of Studies degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from Liverpool Hope University. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Musical Association.

My work, both as a performer and a scholar, focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music, and is based on a blending of historical-theoretical with interpretative-practical approaches. As a theoretician, I am interested in the musical behaviours and thoughts of past musicians as found in contemporary documents and compositions; as a practitioner, I focus on the historically informed performance of ensemble music repertoires. At Liverpool Hope University, I teach historical musicology from Monteverdi to Mozart, solo and ensemble performance, music analysis and aesthetics. In addition, I lead the weekly orchestral workshops and the University Orchestra in public concerts.

I have recently released the first-ever period-instrument recording of Alessandro Stradella's beautiful yet neglected Two-Part Sinfonias. This double album is part of and based on a broader study of sound ideals in seventeenth-century instrumental repertoires for the court and for the church. The research is detailed in an online environment which also presents How to Flee from Sorrow: Stradella Writes to Corelli – an original musical-literary show by Frank Cottrell Boyce on the inextricable lives and works of two fabulous musicians from seventeenth-century Italy.

I am also completing a book provisionally entitled Corelli and the Poetics of Violin Music. This monograph investigates the social practice of the sonata in the late seventeenth century through the work of one of its leading contemporary composers. Through a historical-analytical study of the music, based on rarely consulted primary theoretical, biographical and social-historical sources, the book attempts to narrow the traditional gap in Corellian research between history and analysis, extrinsic and intrinsic explanations, and to provide an alternative theoretical framework for the understanding of Corelli's compositions as well as the society and the culture which shaped his musical activities and thought.

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