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Ethel V. Curry Distinguished Lecture in Musicology

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

Nicholas Cook (University of Cambridge)

Music as Creative Practice

Not long ago the idea of creativity in music brought to mind images of Beethoven and composers in garrets. Now the talk is all of collaborative and performative creativity, with Beethoven dropping out of the picture. This talk proposes a way of thinking about musical creativity that embraces both individual and collaborative practice. It is based on the idea of creative emergence, which arises out of the social interactions of collective performance. Cook develops existing approaches to jazz improvisation into a general model of real-time musical collaboration with an approach to composition that focusses on composers' interactions with physical or conceptual objects in the realm of "extended imagination." Ostensively solo creativity is based on the structures of social interaction, now translated into the domain of physical and symbolic objects.

Private reception to follow in room 1370.


Musicology Distinguished Lectures

The Univ. of Michigan Department of Musicology is delighted to announce the full schedule for this academic year's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Unless otherwise noted, all talks are scheduled on Fridays at 5 p.m. and held in Watkins Hall of the Moore Building (please note that unlike in years past, our lectures now take place on North Campus).


Fall 2016

December 2

Kate van Orden (Harvard University)

Musica Transalpina: Janequin and the French in Sixteenth-Century Italy

The programmatic chansons of Clément Janequin were enduringly popular South of the Alps. La bataglie, Le rossignol, etc., were printed until at least 1570 and are inventoried in collections in Padua, Verona, and Rome.Working outward from the networks of expatriated French musicians abroad,I use Janequin's chansons to consider how music supported performances of ethnic difference within a Europe that was marked by large migrant populations, internal colonization, and diasporas.

Private reception to follow in 1370.


Winter 2016

March 17

Stephanie Jordan (University of Roehampton)

March 31

Tomie Hahn (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Past Musicology Lectures


Interdisciplinary Music Forum

IMF is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop that fosters conversation among faculty and graduate students who work with music in their research. Lectures are open to all, and workshops are intended for graduate students. For more information, please contact Patrick Parker ( or Leah Weinberg (Musicology;






Prof. Thomas Irvine (University of Southampton)
"A.B. Marx, Hegel and the Challenge of Chinese Music History"
March 18, 2016

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