The hosting institution is the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage at Pavia University, one the most ancient and prestigious universities in Italy. Founded in 1952 under the name Scuola di Paleografia Musicale, in 1971 it was integrated into the University of Pavia as the Scuola di Paleografia e Filologia Musicale. In 2013 it ranked first for academic production among all Italian departments comparable for size and sector of research.

The Department is located in Cremona, Claudio Monteverdi’s native city, only a few kilometres from Busseto, the town in which Giuseppe Verdi was born and spent his youth. The emblematic figures of Monteverdi and Verdi represent a musical culture that developed in a certain geographical area but soon emanated throughout Europe. This kind of relation between local roots and a significance that goes well beyond these borders is a factor that marks European culture from Medieval times to the current day. This is also the model that has inspired our master’s program, in the belief that a deeper understanding of historical and present-day communicational practices provides an added value in a musicologist’s overall professional training.