Research Team

Maria Sofia Lannutti
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Maria Sofia Lannutti holds the chair of Romance Philology at the University of Florence. Her academic interests mainly concern the relationship between text and music in medieval Romance literature. She conducted comparative studies on prosody and formal structures of Romance poetry, as well as specific research on medieval lyric poetry in French, Italian and Catalan, on Occitan hagiographic literature, on Dante’s De vulgari eloquentia, Commedia and Rime, and on Petrarch’s Canzoniere. She is currently vice-president of the Italian Society of Romance Philology and director of the «Clemente Terni e Matilde Fiorini Aragone» Music Section of the Ezio Franceschini Foundation. She is also the creator and supervisor of the international project «Medioevo Musicale» (MEM), a bibliographical database available for online consultation through the portal MIRABILE. Maria Sofia Lannutti coordinates the research activities of the project ArsNova, within which she takes care of the edition and the interpretation of poetic texts in relation to the coeval production in verse.
Vittoria Brancato
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Vittoria Brancato obtained a master’s degree in Literature at the University of Siena (2015), where she later completed a Ph.D. program in Romance Philology co-directed by the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris. Her doctoral thesis consisted in the critical edition of Guittone d’Arezzo’s canzoni morali, accompanied by a commentary (2019). She also collaborated with the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI) in Florence as an editor of the TLIO (Tesoro della Lingua italiana delle Origini); her research focused on the translation into the thirteenth-century Tuscan vernacular of the Legenda aurea, and on the manuscript tradition of Chrétien de Troyes’ romans. Her involvement in the project ArsNova mainly concerns the Catalogue of Ars Nova Manuscripts, Authors and Texts (CANT), and the philological revision and the lemmatisation of the poetic texts for the ANT.
Antonio Calvia
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Antonio Calvia graduated with honours in Musicology at the University of Pavia in 2009 and obtained a Ph.D. in Romance Philology in 2013 (Doctor Europaeus, XXV cicle) at the European Doctoral School of Romance Philology (Scuola di Dottorato Europea in Filologia Romanza – École Doctorale Européenne en Philologie Romane, University of Siena). In 2013 he earned a diploma in Composition at the “Nicolini” Conservatory in Piacenza. From 2013 to 2018 he was a research fellow at the Ezio Franceschini Foundation, as member of the project «PIT – Polifonia Italiana del Trecento», developed in partnership by the Franceschini Foundation and the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia. Since 2008 he has been part of the central editorial staff of the database «Medioevo musicale» (MEM), available for online consultation through the portal MIRABILE, achieving the role of chief editor in 2014. He is currently a research fellow at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia. Within the project ArsNova he works on the edition of the musical texts and on the interaction between poetic and musical formal structures for the ANS.
Davide Checchi
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Davide Checchi is a researcher in Romance Philology at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia (based in Cremona), where he graduated. He continued his studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore – Italian Institute of Human Sciences of Naples, where he obtained a Ph.D. in 2015. His doctoral thesis (critical edition of the twelfth-century bestiary Libro della natura degli animali), was awarded the XI edition of the Aldo Rossi Prize in 2016. In the years that followed, he became a research fellow at the Department of Musicology and took part in the 2015 PRIN project COVO. Il corpus del vocabolario italiano delle origini: aggiornamento filologico e interoperabilità, for which he worked on the lemmatisation of the Concordanze della Lingua Poetica Italiana delle Origini. Between 2018 and 2019 he won the Marco Praloran Fellowship: his research project on the prosody of early Italian poetry was funded by the Ezio Franceschini Foundation, and for one year he assumed the role of premier assistant at the Université de Lausanne (Section d’Italien). Within the project ArsNova, his primary tasks are the critical edition and the revision of Italian and French poetic texts for the ANT, and the analysis of their formal structures for the ANS.
Marco D’Agostino
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Marco D’Agostino earned a master’s degree in Codicology at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 1989, defending a thesis entitled The decoration of Italian and Greek manuscripts of the Byzantine Age (secc. IX-XI) under the tutorship of Giancarlo Prato. In 1994 he earned a Ph.D. in Greek and Latin Paleography with a final dissertation entitled Italian and Greek manuscripts of the Byzantine Age (secc. IX-XI). From writing to decoration. Since 1994 he has been a research fellow in the M-STO/09 Academic Discipline of Paleography at the Faculty of Musicology of the University of Pavia, based in Cremona, where he has been teaching Codicology and Paleography since 2000. Over the years, his academic interests shifted from Italian and Greek manuscripts to different fields of Greek Paleography (writings on papyrus; manuscripts produced in Constantinople). More recently his efforts have been focused on the field of Latin Paleography and the cataloguing of the manuscripts of the provinces of Cremona and Pavia. He is currently a member of the Associazione Italiana dei Manoscritti Datati (Italian Association of Dated Manuscripts, Florence) and of the Associazione Italiana dei Paleografi e Diplomatisti (Italian Association of Paleographers and Experts of Diplomatics). His role in the project ArsNova is to examine the verbal writings of the manuscripts and to take care of the cataloguing of the fragments.
Michele Epifani
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Michele Epifani earned a diploma in Organ and Organ Composition and in Composition at the “G. Rossini” Conservatory of Pesaro. In 2004 he specialised in Composition under the supervision of Azio Corghi and graduated with honours at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2011 he obtained a master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Pavia with a thesis on Francesco Landini’s compositions for three voices. From 2017 to 2019 he was a postdoc at the Ezio Franceschini Foundation in Florence and at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Cremona. Since 2013 he has been a member of the editorial staff of the project «Medioevo musicale» (MEM), a bibliographical database on medieval music hosted by the portal MIRABILE, and he is also involved in the research project «PIT – Polifonia Italiana del Trecento», directed in partnership by the Ezio Franceschini Foundation (Florence) and The Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Cremona (University of Pavia). As a member of the project ArsNova, he works primarily on the edition of the musical texts for the ANT and on the analysis of the relationship between metrical patterns of the poetry and rhythmic structures of the music for the ANS.
Maria Jennifer Falcone
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Maria Jennifer Falcone is currently a research fellow in Latin Language and Literature at the Department of Musicology and cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia (based in Cremona), and she obtained a full qualification for the role of Associate Professor in the fields of Classical and Late-Antique Philology and Latin Language and Literature. After receiving her education at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, she completed a joint Ph.D. program co-directed by the University of Pavia and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität of Freiburg i. Br., obtained a four-years research grant at the Università Cattolica di Milano and then worked at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität of Nürnberg-Erlangen as a researcher and a teacher. Her role in the project ArsNova is to take care of the edition and the interpretation of the poetic texts in Latin.
Chiara Martignano
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As the digital humanist of the ArsNova project, Chiara Martignano deals with the implementation of the web applications and the necessary IT tools, coordinating the creation of the database and the interactions with the digital support. She is currently attending a Ph.D. program in Philology and Textual Criticism at the University of Siena. For many years her specific academic interest has been the interaction between digital technologies and research in the field of Humanities; thanks to a hybrid university education, she has mastered philology and literature skills (earning a bachelor degree in Modern Literature at the University of Padua in 2014) as well as technical skills, especially related to web design and internet site development (obtaining a master’s degree in Digital Humanities at the University of Pisa in 2017). She then developed her professional training through work experiences at SISMEL and at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, which made her capable of working effectively in a collaborative environment hosting both humanists and IT specialists.
Daniele Sabaino
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Daniele Sabaino obtained a diploma in Piano (1987) and Composition (1993), a master’s degree in Musicology (1988) and Religious Studies (1998), and a Ph.D. in Musical Philology (1996). In October 2000 he became Associate Professor of Musicology and History of Music at the Faculty of Musicology (now Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage) of the University of Pavia (based in Cremona), where he teaches Modality; Theory and History of the Notation of Polyphony in the Middle Ages; Harmony and History of the Music of Christian rites. From 2001 to 2007 he directed the Lombard Inter-university School of Specialisation for Secondary Teaching, and he is currently the coordinator of the group for the management of teacher training. His academic interests and his publications comprehend: musical philology and textual criticism; medieval and renaissance music; structure of sound space; theological probabilism in the works of Juan Caramuel Lobkowitz; liturgical musicology throughout history and in present time. Within the project ArsNova, he will analyse the articulation of the musical space of the compositions, in relation to the style of each genre and its diachronic evolution.
Elena Stefanelli

Elena Stefanelli obtained a master’s degree in Modern Philology at the University of Siena (2011), where she later completed a Ph.D. program in Romance Philology. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the II edition of The Colombaria Academy Prize in 2018. She was a research fellow at the Ezio Franceschini Foundation (2016-2017) and at the University of Siena (2018-2020). Her research focused on the early Italian poetry and Arthurian romances. As a member of the «Gruppo Guiron», she published the critical edition of the second part of the Roman de Guiron (Firenze, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2020). She also collaborated to the implementation of the «Repertorio della Lirica Italiana delle Origini» (LIO),available online through the MIRABILE portal. Her involvement in the project ArsNova mainly concerns the Catalogue of Ars Nova Manuscripts, Authors and Texts (CANT), and the philological revision of the poetic texts for the ANT.