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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.

Fall 2018 Research in Music Series (Wednesdays, 12:20-1:20pm, Old Chapel Conference Rm)

Nicholas Shea
Nicholas Shea

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"