the last two classes of this 2015 “Law and the Humanities” course will be devoted, as you know, to “Law and Music”. The classes will be taught by judge Francesco Crisafulli, former Co-agent of the Italian government at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the Council of Europe, in collaboration with M° Roberto Baldinelli (violinist and lawyer). These classes are open to all people interested.
They will take place, as usual, at 2:00 PM in room 3 on Wednesday (May 20th) and at 10:00 AM in room 4 on Thursday (May 21st).
Law & music might appear as one of the most recent and less investigated frontiers of the law & literature movement. To some extent this is true. However, the interface between law and music has also been the subject of important studies in ancient times (Plato in particular), in the middle age (one of the first examples is the anonymous treatise of the fourteenth century Ars cantus mensurabilis mensurata per modus iuris) and during the twentieth century. Prominent legal scholars have written about musical estethics and musicology (Pugliatti) and at the same time several important composers and musicians have been trained in the law (among the others C. P. E. Bach, Schumann, Stravinsky, Nono).
The most important intersection between the two disciplines is represented by the theory of interpretation. Interpreting and performing a score raises a set of questions involves a range of problems not entirely different from interpreting a constitution, a statute, a regulation, or even a legal precedent. During the lectures, judge Crisafulli and M. Baldinelli will deal with these issues both from a legal and a musical perspective.
J. Frank, Words and Music: Some Remarks on Statutory Interpretation, in “Columbia Law Review”, 47.8 (1947), 1259-1278
S. Levinson-J.M. Balkin, Law, Music, and Other Performing Arts, in “U. Pa. L. Rev”, 139 (1991), 1597 ss.