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Research in Music Lecture Series

Now well into its second decade, the Research in Music Lecture Series offers an informal setting for presentations by UMass Music Theory and History faculty and students, as well as by guests from other institutions. These events are held about once a month while classes are in session.

Presentations range from informal discussions and presentations of work in progress to readings of papers to be delivered at upcoming scholarly conferences. In addition to our own faculty and students, recent speakers have included Braxton Shelley, Psyche Loui, Poundie Burstein, James Hepokoski, David Huron, Steven Laitz, Micaela Baranello, and others.

Philip Ewell
Philip Ewell

2019-20 Research in Music Series

Oct. 18 (Friday, 2:30pm, ILC N255): Timothy Johnson  (Ithaca College)
"Caroline Shaw's Musical Interactions with Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawings in Partita for 8 Voices"

Oct. 30 (Wed, 12:10pm, Old Chapel): Joseph Salem (University of Victoria, BC)
"Pierre Boulez's Don and the 'Open' Work Concept"

Dec. 4 (Wed, 12:10pm, Old Chapel): Damian Blättler (Rice University)
"Truncated Sonata Forms in Post-World War I Paris"

Mar. 6 (Fri, 4:30pm, ILC Room TBA): Philip Ewell (Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center)
"Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Politics and Poetry in Contemporary Russian Rap"
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2018-19 Research in Music Series (Wednesdays, 12:20-1:20pm, Old Chapel Conference Rm)

Nicholas Shea
Marissa Moore

Sept. 26: Owen Belcher (UMass Amherst) - "Analyzing Bach's Cantatas: A Case Study"

Oct. 10: Nicholas Shea (Ohio State) - "Instrumental Texture as Function in Popular Music"

Oct. 24: Gary S. Karpinski (UMass) - "A Cognitive Basis for Choosing a Solmization System"
PLUS Jason Hooper (UMass) - "Private Correspondence, Public Influence: Heinrich Schenker in Dialogue with August Halm"

Nov. 7: Mark Rodgers (UMass) - "The Ariostean Madrigal"

Dec. 5: Emiliano Ricciardi (UMass) - "Form in the Late Italian Madrigal: Torquato Tasso's Literary Theories and Their Musical Ramifications"

Feb. 8 (ILC N155, 4:30pm): J. Daniel Jenkins, University of South Carolina
"Public Music Theory: What I Learned from Schoenberg, and Where to Go from Here"

March 20: Marissa Moore (Yale University)
"Inventing Tradition: Compositional Practice and the Creation of Global Song"

April 10: Gurminder Bhogal (Wellesley College)
"Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune: From Moonlight to Stardom"

April 17 (FAC 365): Jacek Blaszkiewicz (Williams College)
"Modernity in the Streets: Sound and Urban History in Second-Empire Paris"

May 1 (FAC 365): Nathan Martin (University of Michigan & Institute for Advanced Studies)
"Corpus Studies and 'Close Listening'"