The Italian song “Song-writing by Roberto Giglio” – 25-hour module each – CFA 4

Form: 25 hours 
CFA: 3
Teachers: Roberto Giglio 
Frequency: Every 2 weeks
Entry Requirements: Good musical knowledge
Class size: 12 students
Places available: 10
Limitations: Open to all students of all academic courses and traditional two year programs, excluding students of the popular course for which it is already required in the study plan. Open to students as a personalized courses for an additional fee (for information on costs, contact the Educational Secretariat).

Contents:

First year:

  1. Analysis of the most representative repertoire and songs, from the Fifties to the present day.
  2. The songwriters and the various schools (Genoese, Neapolitan, Roman, Milanese and Bolognese).
  3. Analysis of the musical and poetic language of the most important authors.
  4. The construction of the “musical discourse” and the possible forms of the song.
  5. Relationship between music and text (basic level).
  6. The musicality of the text.
  7. Techniques for writing a melody.
  8. Techniques for writing a text.
  9. Melodic writing exercises on a given harmonic lap (basic level).
  10. Exercises of writing a text on a given melody (basic level).
  11. Re-harmonization exercises for an edited piece.
  12. Year-end goal: writing of two pieces of different genres.

Second year:

  1. Analysis of the repertoire and deepening of the new expressive languages ​​in modern Italian song.
  2. The songs of songwriters and songs born from collaborations.
  3. Analysis and harmonic analysis of complex pieces.
  4. Relationship between music and text (advanced level).
  5. Write for yourself and write for others.
  6. Techniques to work on inspiration.
  7. Melodic writing exercises on a given harmonic lap (advanced level).
  8. Exercises of writing a text on a given melody (advanced level).
  9. Style exercises: writing in the style of the most famous authors.
  10. Year-end goal: writing of two pieces, with musical genres assigned by the teacher.

Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to develop technical and artistic skills that lead to a conscious writing of both text and music.

Although we do not have academic rules for the composition of songs, there are however musical styles and compositional conventions that can be studied, cultivated and analyzed as models for learning to compose one’s own song.

The educational project of Song-writing continuously stimulates each student in order to bring out their artistic personality and their compositional talent, with properties of technical and expressive language typical of the song: a real “soundtrack” of our daily reality.