Spring is always a time of change and transition for any academic institution, but that change is more acute than ever as the Department of Music wishes a fond farewell to Professors of Musicology Don Franklin and Mary Lewis.
Abstract The Archaeology of Musical Narrative: Indeterminate Music as Discursive Formation All too often in teaching the history of Western Art Music the term “story” is employed to relate musical narratives to students. According to literary theorist, Jonathan Culler, however, “the theory of narrative requires a distinction between…‘story’—a sequence of actions or events and…‘discourse,’ the discursive presentation or narration of events.” Following this literary model, constructions of musical narratives have surfaced in which musical forms based on tonality designate “story.” This story, the musical form, is contingent on the “discursive presentation” of “musical” events, or discourse. Although the translation of literary theory works well for nineteenth-century composition, as demonstrated by scholars such as Carolyn Abbate, Anthony Newcomb, and Leo Treitler, the musical interpretation of the story-discourse dichotomy does not translate in the analysis of twentieth-century indeterminate works.
Music, Memory and Nostagiaa 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 www.pittsburghsymphony.org/rachmaninoff or call 412-392-4900. View the complete schedule after the fold, or download the poster (pdf).
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.