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Music Theory Lecture: About a Key

Event Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 1:30pm

Tonal Reference in Beethoven's Music and its Challenges for Schenkerian Theory

TIME & LOCATION: 1:25-2:15pm, Room 44, Music Wing, Fine Arts Center, UMass campus

SPEAKER: Jeffrey Swinkin, Lecturer in Music Theory, UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance

TOPIC: Beethoven was perhaps the first composer to use tonality, especially in the context of sonata form, in a self-conscious way. Tonality becomes the subject, not just the precondition of his musical discourse. This talk will survey three works (Op. 31/1, 53 & 132) that conspicuously refer to tonal centers. It will enumerate the problems this tonal semiotic pose for Schenkerian theory and will suggest solutions incorporating phenomenological, neo-Riemannian, and post-structuralist perspectives.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.