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There are some very thorough previews of two of our upcoming events in local newspapers this week. The Pitt News continues its excellent coverage of Department of Music events with an in-depth look into the Upcoming University Gamelan concerts taking place this Friday and Saturday.
Acclaimed Musicologist Joseph Horowitz will try to answer the question during his guest lecture. The event takes place in Room 123, Music Building, free to the public. Joseph Horowitz's talk will explore the American attempt to cultivate an indigenous musical high culture, and how it turned into a "mutation" of the European model. Instead of attaining a grounding American canon of symphonies, sonatas,and operas, classical music in the US remains grounded in masterpieces by dead Europeans. Not the composer, but the performer — the famous conductor, pianist, or orchestra — has defined American classical music. In the 20th century,...
The Department of Music presents two events today: Joshua Rifkin and new music by Graduate Composers. First, Joshua Rifkin speaks on Bach's Mass in B Minor at 4 p.m. in room 132 of the Music Building.

Music, Memory and Nostagia

a two-day conference in conjunction with the Rediscovering Rachmaninoff festival presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies, The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, The University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences, and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra * Free admission to conference. * For information on purchasing concert tickets, visit
posted for Elizabeth Hoover, graduate student in musicology For over a year now I have been working with Madelyn Roehrig, the Education Specialist in Adult Studies at the Carnegie Museum of Art, in order to create an educational program in which music and art take center stage together. Due to my background in art history and my interest in using this discipline to explore music, the wonderful Joan McDonald recommended my name to Madelyn in the summer of 2007.  Ever since then, Madelyn and I have been brainstorming possible lecture topics and performance scenarios to present at the museum.


The American Musicological Society held its Annual Meeting in Quebec City November 1–4. Several of our grad students and faculty were in attendance and, in between sessions, had time to catch up with alumni and friends of the Department of Music. Many thanks to grad students Brandi Neal and Chris Ruth, and Professor Mary Lewis for the many excellent photos.

132 Music Building, free Reception to follow

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...

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