A student of Diego Carpitella and heir to a glorious tradition of musicology studies which brought prestige to Italian culture in the late twentieth century, Maurizio Agamennone (Cassino, 1955) has written dozens of scientific publications, including "Musiche tradizionali del Salento" (2005), a book, which according to Dinko Fabbris in "Repubblica", «represents the best contribution published in recent decades on the phenomenon disclosed by De Martino and Carpitella, and synthesises the value of these documents by placing them into a half-century of ethnomusicological studies». He has taught at conservatories in Perugia, L'Aquila and Campobasso, at the University of Venice and Lecce and at SSIS-Lazio, Puglia and Toscana. He has been professor of Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Venice since 2002. He has also devised and directed pioneering live entertainment programmes, including the Festival Internazionale della Zampogna in Molise (1996-2002) and La Notte della Taranta nel Salento (1998-2001). His "Varco le soglie e vedo. Canto e devozioni confraternali nel Cilento antico" was awarded the 2009 Premio Roberto Leydi/Costantino Nigra. In 2017, he edited the book "Cantar ottave. Per una storia culturale dell'intonazione cantata in ottava rima".