University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

November 9, 2013 - 12:30pm

Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra will host an open reading session of large-ensemble pieces by John Cage, including the massive 101, as part of the American Musicological Society's meeting in Pittsburgh. Anyone playing an orchestral instrument is encouraged to participate! Bring instruments and invite friends, students, and colleagues!

Composition/Theory doctoral candidate Jeremy Woodruff’s article “A Voice in the Dark: Subversive Sounds of the Living Newspapers and the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37” has been published by Interference: a Journal of Audio Culture. In his research, Woodruff explores the connection between electronic sound (both live and broadcast) in 1930s political theatre and political activism.

Firebird Ensemble recently released an album devoted to music by Professor of composition and theory Eric Moe. The CD, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, takes its name from one of the evocatively titled compositions contained on the disc.

This fall, Dr. Neil Newton joined the Department of Music as a lecturer in music theory. Tasked with leading both graduate seminars in analysis and undergraduate core theory classes, Newton’s innovative teaching style is already making an impact.

An upcoming concert by Alia Music Pittsburgh will feature Department of Music alumni and current graduate students. The program will include the world premieres of works of composition and theory graduate students Matt Aelmore (East Liberty for organ and vibraphone) and Aaron Brooks (Tempo Chorale and Tune).

This Friday night (October 4th) is the first Pitt Night at the Symphony hosted by Pitt Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall! The 2013–14 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season opens with one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carmina Burana.

October 11, 2013 - 4:00pm

Dr. Neil Newton, Lecturer in Music Theory in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, will give a lecture titled “The Inner Life of Harmonies: An Examination of the Middle Voice in Pop, Classical, and Early Post-Tonal Music.” 

September 23, 2013 - 8:00pm

Entelechron (Roger Zahab, violin; David Russell, cello; and Robert Frankenberry, piano) will perform music by Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons and Toru Takemitsu. The concert is free to the public.

April 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

Department of Music Ensemble in Residence IonSound Project premieres new works by Pitt Graduate Student Composers.

March 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

IonSound Project’s spring residency concert at Pitt will include a wide array of music from Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel im Spiegel to the pop sensibilities of Telephone Book by Michael Torke. The program also includes Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza VIII for solo violin, John Mackey’s Breakdown Tango, and Jonathan Kolm’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano.

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