Zach Loeffler and Max Silva

Please join us for the last workshop of the quarter (Wednesday March 4; 4:30-6:00 pm in Logan 801) as Zach Loeffler and Max Silva present material from their dissertation proposal drafts. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Feb. 18: Sarah Iker

On February 18 (4:30–6:00, Logan 801) we are delighted to welcome our friend, colleague, and resident maven of all things Stravinsky, Sarah Iker. Sarah is sharing her hot-off-the-press draft of a new dissertation chapter, “Reviving Pergolesi in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella” (accessible here); Chelsea Burns is serving as respondent. Please join us for what is sure to be a punchy, vivacious discussion!


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February 4: Gilad Cohen

Please join us for our next workshop (February 4, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Logan 801) as we welcome Gilad Cohen, Assistant Professor of Music Performance/Theory at Ramapo College, who will be presenting a paper entitled “Breaking Away From the Pack: Unique Large-Scale Structure in Pink Floyd’s Song ‘Dogs’”. He writes:

In their seventeen-minute track “Dogs” from the 1977 LP Animals, Pink Floyd used a small amount of material, appropriate to a standard-scale song, and expanded each of its sections enormously by employing heavy repetition and an exceptionally slow harmonic pace. Yet how can a rock song that is based on so little material retain vitality over the course of such prolonged duration? This paper analyzes and assesses the ways in which “Dogs” succeeds in maintaining a sense of variety, direction, and cohesiveness throughout its extended length. Through an inspired scheme of structurally foundational guitar solos, a motivic use of melodic and harmonic tension, and a meticulously woven fabric of text, harmony, texture, sound, and instrumentation, the song maintains a propulsive forward drive in spite of its thematic economy.

Pierce Gradone will serve as respondent.

Additionally, please take note of the following upcoming performances featuring Professor Cohen’s music:

Concert #1The Chicago Ensemble playing music by Telemann, Dutilleux , Dvorak and Gilad Cohen.

Sunday, February 1st 2015 at 3pm, The University of Chicago’s International House, 1414 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL. $25 general, $10 students, free for I-House residents.

Concert #2The Chicago Ensemble playing music by Telemann, Dutilleux , Dvorak and Gilad Cohen.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015 at 7:30pm, the new chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chestnut and Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. $25 general, $10 students.

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Jan. 21: David Levin

We are thrilled to welcome Professor David Levin (Jan. 21, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Logan 801), who will present a paper on “Adorno’s Spectacles: Stravinsky and the Place of Dialectics.” Professor Levin writes:

“In the course of his critique of Stravinsky, Theodor Adorno famously argued that Stravinsky’s music denied the musical subject a basis from which to engage the rhythmic displacement that so forcefully and so thoroughly characterized his music.  Unlike the modernist practices which Adorno celebrated, the rhythmic strategies of Stravinsky’s music purportedly stood in for a compositional practice that canceled meaningful critical engagement.  The question that I propose to pursue in this paper involves a dimension that Adorno, in his critique, tended to disregard, namely, the role of mise-en-scene in the disposition of Stravinsky’s work.  What happens when the auditor is also a spectator, when the composition in question is staged, its musical discourse supplemented by embodied action?  And given the range and diversity of productions of The Rite of Spring, could one imagine a choreographic practice that displaces the displacement?  What would such a practice entail?  And what would be its consequences?”

We look forward to what is sure to be a stimulating and indeed spectacular talk!

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Winter 2015 Schedule

Jan. 7      AMS/SMT 2015 Abstract Review

Jan. 21    David Levin, Professor of Germanic Studies/Cinema and Media Studies
                        Adorno’s Spectacles: Stravinsky and the Place of Dialectics

Feb. 4     Gilad Cohen, Asst. Professor of Music Performance/Theory at Ramapo College
                        ‘Breaking Away From the Pack’: 
                        Unique Large-Scale Structure in Pink Floyd’s Song “Dogs”

Feb. 18   Sarah Iker, PhD Candidate in Music History/Theory
                        Dissertation Chapter

Mar. 4     Zach Loeffler and Max Silva, PhD Students in Music History/Theory
                        Proposal Case Studies

All sessions held in Logan 801 on select Wednesday afternoons, 4:30–6:00.
Refreshments provided. For announcements and updates, join our Listserv. See you there!

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Dec. 3: James Symons

Please join us for our final workshop of the quarter with special guest James Symons, a PhD Candidate in Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern. James will be discussing an excerpt from his dissertation, “Temporal Regularity as a Key to Uncovering Statistically Significant Schemas in an Eighteenth-Century Corpus” (accessible here). Our own John Lawrence will serve as respondent. As always, we will meet on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:00 in Logan 801, buoyed by assorted refreshments and animated exchange.

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Nov. 12: Tommaso Sabbatini

Scribe and Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine: a world-minded Parisian opera

Please join us this Wednesday (Nov. 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Logan 801) for Tommaso Sabbatini’s presentation of his paper for a conference on nineteenth-century grand opera outside Paris. Lauren Eldridge will serve as respondent. Tommaso’s draft is available here; his abstract may be viewed here.

We hope you will brave the oncoming polar vortex to share snacks, beverages, and lively discussion with us!

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Oct. 29: AMS Presentations

4:30 Ted Gordon - “Sound is God: La Monte Young and Pandit Pran Nath in New York”

5:15 Miriam Tripaldi - “Dispelling the Western Myth: Opera, Mobility, Experimentation, and the Emergence of the Russian Nation in Saint Petersburg”

We are proud to welcome our own Ted Gordon and Miriam Tripaldi next Wednesday, Oct. 29, as they gear up for their approaching AMS Milwaukee presentations. Abstracts are accessible here. Please join us over refreshments for what promises to be a lively and enlightening exchange in Logan 801, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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Oct. 22: Peter Gillette

Columnated Ruins Domino, 1966:
Reading the Beach Boys’ “Surf’s Up” as Critique of Lincoln Center 

Please join us next Wednesday (October 22, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Logan Terrace Room 801) as we plunge ears first into the Beach Boys’ “Surf’s Up,” led by our friend and colleague Peter Gillette. To wet your whistle, check out his paper here and a special version of the song here. Peter’s work on this topic grows out of ongoing ethnographic and archival research on the social and material history of the New York Philharmonic. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oct. 8: Professor Lawrence Zbikowski, “Words and Music”

We are delighted to launch this year’s workshop series with a special presentation from Professor Lawrence Zbikowski on his current book project, Toward a Cognitive Grammar of Music. Our discussion will center especially on the book’s sixth chapter, “Words and Music” (downloadable here). You are cordially invited to join us for this exciting inaugural event in Logan Terrace Room 801 on Wednesday, October 8, 4:30 – 6:00.

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