Song lyrics with Annachiara Zincone and Tommaso Digiulio

Song lyrics with Annachiara Zincone and Thomas Digiulio, a new elective subject open to all Departments. The course will take place online on Tuesdays h 17:00 - 19:00 from the 24th of January (4 CFA)

Students willing to participate can join through their student area, "electives" section. External students can refer for information to

The course will take a practical look at and experiment with the language of the Italian song and its evolution, focusing on its incredible richness and the kind of compromise one must make with melody to enhance its power and musicality.
Communication in musical lyrics as a form of art and poetry. The different types of lyrics: Musical, motion picture, Evergreen lyrics, the lyrics of a hit song and the connection to current events and fashion. The expressive content of text and the different aspects: images, point of view, storytelling. Stylistic analysis. In-depth study of the history and evolution of the language of song by the different Italian songwriters and composers. In-depth study of the technical elements of lyrics: metrics, pauses, rhymes, free verse, slogan phrases and textual hooks.
Development of one's own interpretation of reality and events to develop one's own poetic/philosophical style.
Technical writing exercises on existing melodies (e.g., in mock English), adaptations, songwriting on unreleased/ own compositions.

The main objective of the course is to provide the student with a wide range of tools to approach song lyric writing, and thus give a structured and effective form to his or her ideas.
The course will provide notions that will serve to give greater awareness in writing as well as in analytical, adaptive and creative skills.
The goal is for students to develop an individual sensibility and style that can be engaging and always appropriate to the context. The student will be able to write a song either from a lyric, a melodic idea, or both, expanding his or her vocabulary and acquiring the skills necessary to write for someone else as well.