University of Pittsburgh

Lecture Series

132 Music Building, free Reception to foll0w "A Maiden, a Shepherdess, and a Queen: The Parisian Assumption Vespers Services and Two Thirteenth-Century Motets"
The Birth of Musicology Out of the Spirit of Biology: Guido Adler’s Methodological Commitments Viewed Through the Spectacles of 19th-Century Evolutionary Theories 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow Guido Adler’s proposition for a musicological method in the famous article “Umfang, Methode, und Ziel der Musikwissenschaft” (1885) amounts to the first clear definition of the type of German/Austrian academic music research—the “science of music”—that has left an imprint on our own research habits. In the creation of what was then virtually a new academic field, he drew on art history, contemporary philosophy, older music research traditions, and many other sources. For the establishment of...
coriglianojohn.jpg John Corigliano Discusses his Compositions 132 Music Building, free
nancy_guy.jpg 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow Cosponsored by Asian Studies Center Flowing down Taiwan's Tamsui River: Towards an Ecomusicology of the Environmental Imagination What can musical evidence tell us about how people relate to and imagine their physical environments? My primary data derive from Taiwan, notable for its environmental degradation. Specifically, this talk takes performative expressions—including popular song,...
Greatest Hits in Ethnomusicology: Canon-building or Tokenism? 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow Cosponsored by Asian Studies Center
Composers, Sampling and Copyright: Does “Thou Shalt Not Steal” Infringe on Creativity? 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow A new bright-line rule in copyright law in the Sixth Circuit digital sampling case of Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films (decided in 2004 and rearticulated in June 2005) demonstrates little understanding or knowledge of the history of composition or the methodology of composers. In Bridgeport Music, the owner of a copyrighted sound recording brought an infringement action against a motion picture producer. The producer had utilized a song in the film’s soundtrack that had incorporated a looped, two-second sample from the owner’s copyrighted recording. At trial, the...
American Musicians’ Unions in the 19th Century 132 Music Building, free Reception to follow Most professional orchestra musicians in the United States after the Civil War belonged to musicians’ unions. Unions were organized on a city-by-city basis — the New York Musical Mutual Protective Union, the Philadelphia Musical Association, the Chicago Musical Society, the Cincinnati Musicians’ Protective Association, the Musicians’ Mutual Protective Union of San Francisco, and many others. By 1896, according to one count, there were over 75 local musicians unions.

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