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September 2014 Newsletter

The September 2014 Newsletter is available online:

SMA_newsletter_Sep 2014

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 16th September 2014 by Shay Loya in Music Analysis, Reviews, SMA No comments » Tags:

The Fourth Meeting of the Postgraduate Writing Club

University of Leeds, 6th March 2014

From left to right: Andrew Cheetham, Danielle Hood, Daniel Holden, Joseph Knowles, Martin Curda, Derek Scott and Stephanie Jones.

The latest meeting of the Postgraduate Writing Club took place on 6th March 2014. The event, sponsored by the SMA, was hosted by the music department of the University of Leeds and chaired by Professor Derek Scott.

Although the number of participants was lower than last time, this was not to the detriment of the intensity and richness of discussion. The quality of the meeting was also ensured by the fact that all papers reflected a late and mature stage of research, and are now being prepared for publication. On this occasion the Writing Club allowed us to test our work against friendly criticism of fellow postgraduates before subjecting our papers to the full rigour of the peer-review process. As ever, the meeting unfolded in a climate of good humour, friendship and mutual support.

Martin Curda’s study of ‘The Body, the Grotesque and Carnival in the music of Pavel Haas’ relates the work of a relatively obscure composer to the context of Czechoslovakian avant-garde of the 1920s, thus bringing new material into the Anglophone musicological discourse. The discussion initially focused on the problem of translation of the terminology used by Czech musicologists and the idiosyncratic theoretical language of Leoš Janáček. Subsequently, attention was shifted to the position of Czechoslovakian avant-garde in the plurality of European avant-garde movements of the 1920s. Comments have also been made on formal structure of the text in relation to the problem of transition from a PhD thesis chapter to the format of a journal article.

Andrew Cheetham’s recent conference paper, combining archival research with comparative analytical enquiry, brings to light a hitherto unknown connection between particular works of English seventeenth-century composer George Jeffreys and the madrigals of the (in)famous Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa. The panel suggested ways to expand the analytical section of the paper, which is to become a chapter in a collected volume dedicated to Gesualdo, by considering broader issues of genre and style. It has been pointed out during the discussion that further research might focus on Jeffreys’s choice of literary text and scrutinise the extent to which it corresponds with the expressive language, apparently inspired by Gesualdo. Andrew was also encouraged to elaborate on the historical and technical implications of the fact that Gesualdo’s madrigals were transcribed into figured bass notation for a performance in which Jeffreys himself is believed to have taken part.

After lunch, Derek Scott enlightened us with his talk on ‘how (or how not!) to deal with T.V. and radio’. Drawing upon his widespread experience with all forms of media, Derek selected a couple of his most recent appearances, such as BBC Breakfast TV (2011), The One and Only Mrs Mills (2012) and Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days (2014) to provide advice about what really went on behind the scenes, the most important of which was ‘what might interest you might not interest the BBC’ (there were plenty of examples). Moreover, we are all now thoroughly informed that the BBC do at times try and recruit junior academics for research on the cheap and that it is often best to politely decline certain requests. Not that Derek wanted to put us off from enjoying a few minutes of fame here and there. Indeed, a public appearance looks great when having to demonstrate ‘impact’ in a research proposal. All in all, it was very interesting and useful to hear about the realities that an academic can face when dealing with media appearances.

Danielle Hood contributed her study of ‘The Uncanny Topic in the Fünf Orchesterstücke Op. 16’, approaching Schoenberg’s music in a novel way – from the perspective of Freud’s theory of the unconscious. Outlining the continuity with the ‘Ombra’ topic of earlier music, she identifies in Schoenberg’s works the topic of ‘the Uncanny’. Drawing on Freud’s description of the term, she suggests ways in which anxiety, repression and castration complex are signified in Schoenberg’s music. During the discussion, several pieces have been identified which might be eligible to scrutiny from a similar perspective. Finally, several remarks were made on the form of the soon-to-be-submitted article; given the breadth of Danielle’s (brilliant, one must say) conceptual argumentation, a careful use of subheadings might help the reader navigate in the text.

The research seminar which was to conclude the day was, unfortunately, cancelled. However, this provided the company with welcome opportunity to continue the discussion over a pint at the local pub, and what a discussion it proved to be! Small talk aside, some of the serious topics that came up included conference presentation experience, academic opportunities, research methodologies and avoiding sexism in academic writing. Now, lest anyone gets the wrong impression, we actually had fun – not only in the pub but throughout the day. The Writing Club meetings offer much more than a platform for heavy academic discussion: they create a sense of community. We would therefore like to thank the people who made it happen this March and encourage more people to join us for the next meeting, details of which will be advertised in due course. Finally, special thanks are due to Derek Scott for the advice, encouragement, support and wonderful hospitality.

Martin Curda

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November 2012 Newsletter

The November Newsletter is now available online. You can navigate its different sections through the link in the contents page. Follow this link: http://www.sma.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SMA_newsletter_Nov-2012.pdf.

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 4th December 2012 by Shay Loya in Reviews, SMA, Uncategorized No comments » Tags:

TAGS 2012 reviews

TAGS 2012 has been covered by seven reviewers this year. Click here to read all about it!

For further information and other materials relating to this event click here.

Posted on 17th August 2012 by Shay Loya in Reviews, SMA No comments » Tags:

Where is Musical Analysis Going?

Please read Mario Baroni’s review of the 7th European Music Analysis Conference, entitled ‘Where is Musical Analysis Going? Reflections on the VII EuroMAC’, from the link below.

Mario Baroni, ‘Where is Musical Analysis Going?’ (PDF)

Posted on 5th April 2012 by David Bretherton in Reviews No comments » Tags:

SMA Newsletter, November 2011

The November Newsletter is now available online. You can navigate its different sections through the link in the contents page. There were a few errors in the published version in Olga Sologub’s article, for which we apologise. They have been corrected in this online edition. To view it click on the following link: SMA_newsletter_2011_Nov

Posted on 7th December 2011 by Shay Loya in Reviews, SMA No comments » Tags:

MSN/LancMAC 2011: Anne Hyland’s Review

Upon stepping onto the platform at Lancaster train station the day before the official commencement of the LancMAC/MSN conference, I met an American scholar (who had seen me poring over some scores on the way there) who asked: ‘are you speaking at MAC or MSN?’ The question (answered simply by ‘yes’) flagged up a potential issue for the meeting: how does one incorporate two established conferences into a single productive event which encourages exchange and interaction between the specialists in each field, and yet keeps both camps individually happy? » Read more: MSN/LancMAC 2011: Anne Hyland’s Review

Posted on 14th September 2011 by Shay Loya in Reviews No comments » Tags:

MSN/LancMAC 2011: Ben Curry’s Review

The drawing together of the Seventh International MSN conference and LancMAC was a bold and highly successful stroke that found an appropriate venue in the impressive new contemporary arts building at Lancaster University. The conference was attended by over 150 delegates from 20 countries. The scale of the conference was exceptional in that the seven parallel periods were all comprised of five themed sessions. This gave an enormous amount of choice and surely allowed most delegates to find a route through these well-chaired sessions that was informative and relevant to issues in their own research. I consider two highlights of my own route below; but first, the plenary sessions. » Read more: MSN/LancMAC 2011: Ben Curry’s Review

Posted on 14th September 2011 by Shay Loya in Reviews No comments » Tags:

MSN/LancMAC 2011: Rebecca Thumpston’s Review

The closing days of July brought together a diverse range of scholars and students for the Seventh International Conference on Music Since 1900 and the Lancaster University Music Analysis Conference. Held in the newly-opened Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts in Lancaster University, the conference opened with a plenary session, ‘Marking Time: On Contemporary Music and Historical Analysis’. This was a complex and intriguing discussion by members of the RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group, exploring issues of temporality in the analysis of contemporary music. It was followed by the first of the parallel sessions. As a member of the technical support team, I was scheduled to assist in ‘Form and Temporality’, in which resonances were apparent with the plenary session. » Read more: MSN/LancMAC 2011: Rebecca Thumpston’s Review

Posted on 11th September 2011 by Shay Loya in Reviews No comments » Tags:

MSN/LancMAC 2011: Marie Bennett’s Review

More than 150 delegates attended the combined International Conference on Music Since 1900 and Music Analysis Conference at Lancaster University. The conferences offered attendees the opportunity to hear papers covering a multiplicity of topics, a selection of concerts and a number of pieces related to some of the talks in a listening room to which delegates had access. Due to the plurality of subject matters, papers were categorised by theme, and sessions then ran in parallel. The plenary sessions included keynote lectures by Henry Klumpenhouwer from the University of Alberta, who presented a trio of vignettes offering different approaches to music and analysis, and Philip Bohlman from the University of Chicago, whose paper, ‘Analysing Aporia’, explored the analysis of silence, or the absence of sound, within music of various cultures. In this report, I will discuss a cross-section of the presentations in order to provide readers with a flavour of the diversity of topics covered over the four days. » Read more: MSN/LancMAC 2011: Marie Bennett’s Review

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