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Bryan Wright, a doctoral candidate in musicology, recently returned from spending a week-and-a-half in Kansas and Missouri as the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation's 2013 Artist in Residence.

March 22, 2013 - 4:00pm

From the heads and tails of individual notes to the foreheads and feet of song stanzas, medieval musical writings are replete with body parts. Sometimes the terms are used by convention, or in the service of simple mnemonics. But in other cases, the reasons for acts of musical anthropomorphization are less clear.

February 15, 2013 - 4:00pm

In the subtitle of her 1999 release Sound Characters: Making the Third Ear, American experimentalist Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) implicitly frames her record as an intervention on the very material constitution of listening. By listening to Sound Characters, it seems, we will be “making the third ear.”

­How do you teach students with little or no formal musical training how to hear and understand the subtleties of music from the 14th and 15th centuries?

Rachel Mundy is one of three new Assistant Professors this year in the Department of Music. As a musicologist, she adds to the interdisciplinary richness of the Department with expertise in an area of research that is so new it was up to her to give it a name: animanities.

Today's front-page story in The Pitt News introduces our three new Department of Music faculty members: musicologists Rachel Mundy and Emily Zazulia and ethnomusicologist Gavin Steingo. Noting how unusual it is for a department to bring in three new faculty members at the same time, the article provides insight into how Mundy, Steingo, and Zazulia understand their respective disciplines and how they envision contributing to the Department’s mission.

October 26, 2012 - 4:00pm

Around 1940, Pyotr Ilyich Chaikovsky, a 19th-century Russian composer of  ostensibly non-proletarian social origins and lifestyle, became the musical and ethical symbol of the Soviet state in its Stalinist prime.

October 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dr. Inna Naroditskaya, Northwestern University, will present a lecture titled "The Queen of Spades: Gambling on Recognition."

September 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Humanities Center Short-term Fellow Susan McClary will give a lecture titled “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History, Subjectivities, Music: Critical Musicological Reflections.” The lecture will incorporate responses by Nancy Condee (Global Studies), Kathryn Flannery (English), and Andrew Weintraub (Music).&

September 18, 2012 - 5:00pm

Humanities Center Short-term Fellow Susan McClary will give a lecture titled “Salome in the Court of Queen Christina.”  On September 20, McClary will give a second talk, “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History,

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