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Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014


The Department of Music Theory has announced this year's three speakers in the Carrigan Series and the Distinguished Michigan Resident in Music Theory. Harald Krebs and Sharon Krebs are co-authors of the book, Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (Oxford University Press, 2007). On January 30, Harald Krebs (professor of music at the University of Victoria, past president of the Society for Music Theory, and author of Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann) will present on "Declamation in Clara Schumann¹s Songs as an Influence on Robert Schumann's Late Song Style." On January 31, Sharon Krebs (on the faculty at the Vancouver International Song Institute) will present "Singing Like a Nightingale." Our third Carrigan speaker, Thomas Christensen (Avalon Foundation Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, keynote speaker at the 2013 meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Charlotte, and editor of The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory), will speak on April 3rd. 

Clara Schumann composed her first mature songs in the early 1840s, shortly after Robert Schumann's first outpouring of Lieder. Whereas most of Robert's songs from this period are simple and predictable in their treatment of all levels of the poetic rhythm, Clara's songs feature incongruence of poetic and musical stress, overriding of the poem's lineation, and irregularity of foot duration. Robert Schumann's late songs (1849-52) contain distortions of the poetic rhythm similar to those in Clara's songs. Given his familiarity with Clara Schumann's Lieder (most of which were composed for him), it is likely that her distinctive declamation was an important influence on his late song style. Through analysis of passages from Clara Schumann's songs and from late songs by Robert Schumann, Krebs demonstrates the declamatory similarities, and also the similar expressive motivations of the two composers' distortions of the poetic rhythm. Illustrations will be provided by Sharon Krebs, soprano, with Harald Krebs at the piano. 

Many singers in the 19th century were referred to as nightingales, the most famous one being Jenny Lind, the "Swedish nightingale." There are many examples in both published and unpublished material from the 19th century that attest to the fact that labeling a singer a nightingale was the highest possible praise. But what does this label actually mean? Exactly what is required to earn the distinction of being called a nightingale? Through an exploration of 19th-century German literature, Ms. Krebs will demonstrate the incredible richness and complexity of the nightingale metaphor as applied to singers. Although the metaphor is rarely used nowadays, the characteristics of 'singing like a nightingale' are still valued among singers, teachers of singing, critics, and audience members.

Our Distinguished resident this year is Dora Hanninen (associate professor of music, University of Maryland), who visits in February.  Hanninen is the 2010 winner of the Society of Music Theory's Outstanding Publication Award, and is the author of A Theory of Musical Analysis (University of Rochester Press, 2013). In addition to presenting her research, Hanninen will meet with a number of our doctoral students to discuss their work.

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November 2015
October 2014

Anisha Nandi, from The Michigan Daily, sat down with professor Michael Gould to talk about his "Remember Me" show. The video can be seen on the Michigan Daily website.   10/01/2014

July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

Music theory professor Walter Everett's role as an expert on the music of the Beatles was the subject of an article in      06/06/2013

Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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