Francesco Finocchiaro

Francesco Finocchiaro (Ph.D.) is Senior Research Scientist at the University of Vienna.

He studied Oboe at Catania Conservatory, Music Education at Bologna Conservatory, and Musicology at the University of Bologna. Under Professor Maurizio Giani’s mentorship, he conducted his doctoral study on Arnold Schönberg’s theory of composition at the University of Bologna, from 2002 to 2006.

His research interests focus on the points of connection between composition, theory, and aesthetics in twentieth-century music and have unfolded within several research programs (PRIN, FWF, Lise Meitner, etc.) in the role of project leader as well as project co-contributor.

He has dedicated his studies to the Second Viennese School and has released the Italian edition of Arnold Schönberg’s theoretical work The Musical Idea (A. Schönberg, Il pensiero musicale, Italian edition and translation by F. Finocchiaro, Rome: Astrolabio-Ubaldini, 2011) in cooperation with the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. His essays on Schönberg’s work and theory have been published in international musicological journals (e.g. Il Saggiatore musicale, 2012; Acta Musicologica, 2015).

Since 2012, he has been a co-founder and member of Athena Musica, a research group in music aesthetics at the University of Bologna, and he has recently founded the peer-reviewed book series Biblioteca di Athena Musica (Turin: Accademia University Press, 2017). He has recently edited the collected volume Musica e metafora: storia analisi ermeneutica,Turin: Accademia University Press, 2017 (with M. Giani).

He has also published extensively on film music, with a special focus on the relationship between silent cinema and musical Modernism (F. Finocchiaro, Musical Modernism and German Cinema from 1913 to 1933, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017; Italian edition Modernismo musicale e cinema tedesco nel Primo Novecento, Lucca: LIM, 2017; see also Music and the Moving Image, 2016).

Since 2005, he lectured on Music Aesthetics, Music Semiotics, Music Education, and Music Theory at the Universities of Bologna, Milan, and Florence, as well as Film Music at Ferrara Conservatory. In 2012 and 2016 he also taught Silent Film Music in German Cinema at the University of Vienna.

Since 2013 he has worked as Senior Research Scientist at the University of Vienna’s Department of Musicology. Currently he is leading the FWF Research Project Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (1907–1930) at the University of Vienna.


Institut für Musikwissenschaft – Universität Wien

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