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Remi Chiu Discusses Music of the Milanese Plague in Musicology Colloquium

Title: Carlo Borromeo Visiting Plague Victims in the CountrysideOn Tuesday, April 18 at 5:00 pm musicology Remi Chiu will discuss music of the Milanese Plague of 1576-1578. Plague tore through Milan between 1576-1578, eventually claiming over 17,000 lives. During the outbreak, citizens responded by establishing quarantines, embargo of goods, street-cleaning programs—and by singing. Using this Milanese outbreak as a case study, this talk explores the medical and spiritual implications of music and music-making in times of pestilence, and the value of commemorating epidemic disasters in Renaissance Europe. The talk will take place in Conservatory room 308C.

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