The Society for Music Analysis is launching its fourth Music Analysis Workshop, to be held at Liverpool University on Monday 17th September 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm. Arising from feedback at TAGS 2018, this event aims to build participants’ analytical skills through interactive introductions to neo-Riemannian theory.

The workshop is designed to benefit graduate students of any level who might want to learn more about neo-Riemannian theory, practise 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 exploring neo-Riemannian theory and its application to a wide range of repertoire and musical history. The morning’s workshop will be led by Anne Hyland (University of Manchester), who will provide a useful introduction to the theory and its relationship to early-nineteenth-century repertoire. The afternoon’s session will be led by Kenneth Smith (Liverpool University), who will explore the application of neo-Riemannian theory with tonal functions. The day will provide plenty of space for discussion and exploration of the theories, along with a chance to meet with and network with fellow graduate students over lunch.

Call for participants

Expressions of interest are to be sent to Anna Kent-Muller on by 1st September 2018. Travel bursaries are available and should be applied for by the 1st September (please see the SMA website for further details: