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Music Analysis Workshop: ‘The Intersections between Schenker and Philosophy’

The Society for Music Analysis is launching its third Music Analysis Workshop, to be held at Middlesex University London on Saturday 29th April 2017 from 12pm to 6pm. Following the success of the previous workshop on Analysis and (Critical) Theory in 2016, this event aims to build further upon the intersections between analysis, philosophy, and history.

The workshop is designed to benefit graduate students of any level who might want to learn more about a particular analytic method, practice analytical skills in a friendly environment, or who might be interested to discover ways in which analysis might be used as a tool to supplement broader research questions. Challenging negative preconceptions, it aims to make both analytical methodologies and their hermeneutic applications more accessible to anyone interested in enriching their interpretations of musical works.

The event begins with two interactive workshops that will explore the historical aspects of Schenker’s philosophy, as well as philosophical interpretations of Schenkerian theory within an analytical case study, and concludes with a roundtable session. The workshops will be led by William Drabkin (Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton), who will discuss some of Schenker’s thoughts on his worldly surroundings (including human behavior, nature, aesthetics and religion), as found mainly in private writings: his voluminous correspondence, and especially the entries in his diaries immediately prior to the onset of the First World War; and by Christopher Tarrant (Lecturer in Music, Anglia Ruskin University) who will speak about the ways in which Nielsen’s symphonic sonata forms might relate to Schenkerian thought, and in particular to the syntactical, hermeneutic, and historical implications of a ‘break in the hierarchy’. The final roundtable session will consider the place of Schenkerian analysis in the current musicological climate from the perspective of students and academics, and will debate the relevance (and necessity) of Schenkerian analysis for the ever-increasing diversity of musical study.

Call for participants

Expressions of interest are to be sent to Rebecca Day (rebecca.day.2010@live.rhul.ac.uk) by Saturday 1st April 2017.

You do not have to be a member of the SMA but members will be eligible for travel bursaries. The deadline to apply for bursaries is Saturday 8th April 2017. Information on how to apply can be found at http://www.sma.ac.uk/grants/travel/. For information on membership fees see http://www.sma.ac.uk/.

Posted on 23rd February 2017 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA No comments »

2016 Newsletter

The December 2016 Newsletter is available online: http://www.sma.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SMA_newsletter_2016.pdf

You can navigate its different sections through the links in the contents page.

If you would like to respond to any of the items featured here in the next Newsletter, please send your response to information@sma.ac.uk.

Despite all care taken, mistakes are not impossible; happily they are amendable, as this is an online version. Therefore, if you spot any, please get in touch with the Information Officer, Shay Loya: information@sma.ac.uk.

Posted on 31st December 2016 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, Reviews, SMA, Uncategorized No comments »

Be not afeard: language, music and cultural memory in the operas of Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès has drawn attention to the ‘mysterious thing that happens when you set actions to music: a third shape that emerges when something non-visual like a musical score is acted out by people moving on a stage’. This conference will explore Adès’s three operatic shapes of music, text, and performative realisation through the lenses of language and cultural memory.

The event will take place over two days. The first day will focus on analytical approaches to Adès’s operas, and will conclude with a round table on The Exterminating Angel prior to the UK premiere of the opera at the Royal Opera House that evening. The second day will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to Adès’s operas and their broader contexts.

Call for Papers

The conference organisers welcome paper proposals (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for questions) for this event. The themes of the conference will include:

-       the translingual negotiation between music, verbal, filmic and theatrical languages

-       translations and reworkings of source materials for the operas

-       place, space and cultural memory (including on stage, screen or in performance)

-       time and temporality (music, text, staging)

Send proposals (including title, academic affiliation, 300-word abstract and technical requirements) to Edward Venn (e.j.venn@leeds.ac.uk) by 4pm (GMT) on Monday 16th January 2017.

Confirmed Speakers: Thomas Adès; Peter William Evans (Queen Mary University of London); and John Roeder (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

Programme Committee: Paul Archbold (Kingston University), Catherine Davies (Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study), Christopher Dromey (Middlesex Univeristy), Philip Stoecker (Hofstra University), Edward Venn (University of Leeds)

Sponsors: AHRC Open World Research Initiative, Institute for Modern Languages Research, Music and Letters Trust, Society for Music Analysis

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Posted on 21st November 2016 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA, Sister Organizations No comments »

CFP: TAGS 2017

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School of Music, Bangor University,

College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th February, 2017

Deadline for proposals: 16th December 2016
Keynote Speaker: Professor John Rink (University of Cambridge)

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by Bangor University, in the newly refurbished building of the School of Music on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of February, 2017. The conference interlinks with the Bangor Music Festival. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome.

Our keynote speaker, Dr John Rink, is Professor of Musical Performance Studies in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. In our TAGS 2017 conference, the SMA particularly invite papers from postgraduate students exploring the intersections between analysis and musical performance and/or performance analysis, but proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music. This includes:

•         Analysing non-Western Musics;

•         Performance as Analysis / Analysis as Performance;

•         Analysis, Philosophy, and Critical Theory;

•         Intersections between History, Theory, and Analysis;

•         Analysing Popular Music and Improvisation;

•         Music Perception and Cognition;

•         Empirical Approaches to Music

•         Analysing a-/microtonal Music;

•         Themed sessions focusing on the analysis of a particular work(s), or on specific arrangements or transcriptions are also welcomed.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Matthias Wurz at m.wurz@bangor.ac.uk. Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet (Ms Word or PDF). Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals / composition performances should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 16th December 2016. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by the beginning of January 2017. Delegates will be invited to register from lunchtime on Saturday 18th February, and the conference will run until Sunday afternoon, 19th February, 2017.

For information about travel to the School of Music at Bangor University: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/music/study-with-us/find-us/en

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for an SMA Student Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available). Further details can be found here; please note that the deadline for applications for bursaries is 17th February 2017.

Posted on 4th November 2016 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA, Uncategorized No comments »

CFP: 9th European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC 9)

The 9th European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC 9) will be held in Strasbourg from 28 June to 1 July 2017.

It is organised by the University of Strasbourg’s GRÉAM Research Centre and the French Society for Music Analysis (SFAM) with the support of the European societies for music analysis. The call for papers is now available from the conference website and we are particularly keen to receive proposals in keeping with the themes of the conference.
The first European Music Analysis Conference was held in 1989 in the city of Colmar (France); other previous meetings were held in Trento (1992), Montpellier (1995), Rotterdam (1999), Bristol (2002), Freiburg im Breisgau (2007), Rome (2011) and Leuven (2014).
EuroMAC 9 is calling for submissions in the following formats:
• Pre-organised sessions,
• Spoken papers,
• Poster presentations.
Proposals should be submitted in one of the four designated conference languages, i.e. English, French, German or Italian. They should not exceed 400 words (see the presentation instructions given on the website for each type of proposal).
EuroMAC 9 wishes to encourage proposals for original and innovative contributions on music analysis from a wide range of perspectives. However, special attention will be given to proposals that address the conference’s suggested themes.
Submission deadline (papers, posters, pre-organsied sessions): 15 November 2016
Participating societies:
• Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie (GMTH) http://www.gmth.de
• Gruppo Analisi et Teoria musicale (GATM) http://www.gatm.it
• Polskie Towarzystwo Analizy Muzycznej (PTAM) http://www.ptam.org.pl/
• Société belge d’analyse musicale (SBAM) http://www.sbam.be
• Société française d’analyse musicale (SFAM) http://www.sfam.org
• Society for Music Analysis (SMA) http://www.sma.ac.uk
• Society for Theory of Music/Obščestvo teorii muzyki (OTM) http://otmroo.ru
• Vereniging voor Muziektheorie (VvM) http://verenigingvoormuziektheorie.net/
Please visit http://euromac2017.unistra.fr/en/ for further information
Posted on 18th September 2016 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA, Sister Organizations No comments »

SMA Granted Charity Status

We are delighted to announce that the UK’s Society for Music Analysis was granted the status of Charitable Incorporated Organisation by Charity Commission for England and Wales on 8 August 2016. This new unified legal body succeeds the earlier separate entities of the original Society for Music Analysis and the Music Analysis Editorial Board. The ‘Charitable Objects’ for the newly incorporated SMA are as follows: ‘The advancement of education in music theory and analysis for the public benefit, in particular, but not exclusively, by the dissemination of the latest scholarly research.’

The ‘First Trustees’ of the organisation are Julian Horton (President and Chair of Trustees), Michael Spitzer (ex officio, as Chair of the Music Analysis Editorial Board), David Bretherton, Christopher Dromey, Shay Loya and Kenneth Smith. In accordance with our new Constitution, elections will be held for all elected trusteeships at our first Annual General Meeting (time and place to be announced). The SMA’s Constitution and other documents relating to our governance will be posted on this website in due course. The editorial team of Music Analysis continue in their current roles.

This is an exciting time for the SMA. Our newly granted charitable status provides us with better financial and legal security, and also presents us with an opportunity to reassess our activities. Further announcements will be made on our website and via our membership email list in due course.

The Trustees, 13 September 2016

Society for Music Analysis (Charity Number: 1168650)

Posted on 13th September 2016 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags:

SMA Video Podcasts, Episode 2

Following the success of the first in our series of educational videos, the SMA is delighted to announce the release of episode 2 in which Professor Allan Moore delves into aspects of popular music. It is available at http://www.sma.ac.uk/videos/episode-2/.

Please check it out, and share with friends and colleagues.

We’d also like to know what you think of this resource. Please send constructive feedback to development@sma.ac.uk.

Posted on 5th April 2016 by Kirstie Hewlett in Music Analysis, SMA, Videos No comments »

Newsletter 2015

The 2015 Newsletter is available online: SMA_newsletter_2015

You can navigate its different sections through the links in the contents page.

News about SMA members and recent publications will be available in the next post-TAGS issue, and will cover the year 2015 too.

If you would like to respond to any of the items featured here in the next Newsletter, please send your response to information@sma.ac.uk.

Despite all care taken, mistakes are not impossible; happily they are amendable, as this is an online version. Therefore, if you spot any, please get in touch with the Information Officer, Shay Loya: information@sma.ac.uk.

Posted on 1st February 2016 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA, Uncategorized No comments » Tags:

Call for Participants: Music Analysis Workshop

Saturday 27th February 2016
Senate House, Univeristy of London
Deadline: 12th February 2016

The Society for Music Analysis is launching its second Music Analysis Workshop, to be held in Senate House (the central London base of Royal Holloway, University of London) on Saturday 27th February 2016 from 10am to 5.30pm. Following the success of the inaugural workshop in 2014, this event aims to not only build participants’ analytical skills through interactive introductions to selected methodologies, but to also go on to demonstrate some of the ways in which these skills might be used to construct arguments that are broadly informed by (critical) theory.

The workshop is designed to benefit graduate students of any level who might want to learn more about a particular analytic method, practice analytical skills in a friendly environment, or who might be interested to discover ways in which analysis might be used as a tool to supplement broader research questions. Challenging negative preconceptions, it aims to make both analytical methodologies and their hermeneutic applications more accessible to anyone interested in enriching their interpretations of musical works.

The event consists of two interactive workshops, lasting two hours each where the first half develops analytical skills and the second considers the wider application of these skills from a broader theoretical perspective. The workshops will be lead by Professor Julian Horton (Durham University) who will introduce recent developments in the theory of form in relation to nineteenth-century sonata forms, and Dr Kenneth Smith (The University of Liverpool), who will speak on neo-Riemannian theoretic approaches from the perspective of Deleuzian theory.

The day will be concluded by a ‘wrap-up’ session that will reflect upon the event as a whole in a summary that aims to further consider the larger questions and problems that arise when using, applying, and interpreting analysis in the current musicological climate.

Call for participants

Expressions of interest are to be sent to Rebecca Day (rebecca.day.2010@live.rhul.ac.uk) by Friday 12th February 2016.

You do not have to be a member of the SMA but members will be eligible for travel bursaries. For information on membership fees see http://www.sma.ac.uk/. Information on bursaries can be found in http://www.sma.ac.uk/grants/travel/.

Posted on 12th January 2016 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, SMA No comments »

2015 SMA Election Results

No other candidates having come forward, I am pleased to announce that Julian Horton has been re-elected as President, and that Shay Loya has been re-elected as Information Officer.

The second of our two Student Representative positions remains unfilled, and we will hold a special election for this position in 2016. If you are interested in standing for this position, please feel free to contact SMA Vice-President Kenneth Smith (events@sma.ac.uk) for an informal discussion.

On behalf of the Society, please can I thank our retiring Student Representative Martin Curda for all his hard work over the past two years; we wish him well for the future.

Posted on 18th December 2015 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags: