Graduate School of the Arts (GSA)

Portraits of doctoral students

Emilio Grazzi

Graphic and information designer, Emilio Grazzi focuses on typography issues related to music notation and representation. After his graduation in Cello at Conservatorio “G. Rossini” in Pesaro, in 2012 he obtained the MA degree in editorial design at ISIA Urbino with a dissertation about parametric typedesign applied to music notation. Since then, Emilio Grazzi continued his activities in this multidisciplinary field, co-supervising thesis projects, and promoting layout and design solutions for music notation.

Supervisors

Prof. Dr. Cristina Urchueguía, Universität Bern, Institut für Musikwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Arne Scheuermann, Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB, Leiter des Forschungsschwerpunkts Kommunikationsdesign

Doctoral project

Responsive Music Typography - On the design of the orchestral score system and its possible perspectives in digital media

One of the very first steps during the music performance is the decoding of musical information, the set of graphical elements that enable the composer to pass his artistic act to the musician/interpreter. Despite the automatic set-up of conventional western music notation in many contemporary typesetting softwares, the production of a functional music score is still bounded to manual craft: the visual and physical representation of music has many typography and layout issues which are often bypassed by typesetting softwares and their users, leaving unsatisfied some of the basic needs for easy music reading. Moreover, the music score is now embracing the transition from printed to digital media, raising new variables and possibilities. This research will try to analyze the role and the function of typography within the music score, focusing on classical music repertoire for orchestra.

Research priorities

Information Design, Type Design for Conventional Music Notation