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Fall 2016 Events

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Sept. 22Philip Thomas, Martin Iddon and Emily Payne, winners of this year's John Cage Research Grant, "Performing at the limits: John Cage’s Solo for Piano." Rehearsal Room, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Oct. 13: Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, "Cipriano de Rore Reappraised: Lovesickness and Eroticism in Calami sonum ferentes.RCMA 1-168, 4pm

Oct. 20: Jenna Harmon “Silent Songs, Royal Orgies: Listening to the Political Pornography of the French Revolution.” and Kyle Kaplan, “Interracial Sexual Scripts and the Soundtracks of Peter de Rome's Erotic Films.” RCMA 1-168, 4pm

Oct. 27: Suzanne Cusick, New York University. "Rethinking the Musical Nun in Early Modern Italy: The Case of Florence's Santa Verdiana.” Hardin Hall, 5pm.

Nov. 10:  Alan Akers, Northwestern University Library. “Reassembling the Musical Past: Intersections of Musicology, Library Science, and Archival Practice in the Moldenhauer Collection at Northwestern.” RCMA 1-168, 4pm.

Nov. 11: AMS Conference Post-Mortem, Prairie Moon Restaurant & Bar

Dec. 1: John Rice. "Climbing Monte Romanesca: Eighteenth-Century Composers in Search of the Sublime" RCMA 1-168, 4:30pm.

Past Events

Spring 2016

  • April 14, 2016: Brigid Cohen (NYU): "Mingus and Varèse at Greenwich House”
  • April 21, 2016: Matthew Richardson Dissertation Defense: “Marketing Affect in Japanese Idol Music”
  • May 5, 2016: La Jouive Screening in preparation for Levin colloquium
  • May 12, 2016: David Levin (U Chicago): "What Does (the Jewish) Woman Want? Grand Opera and the Dramaturgy of Occultation”
  • May 19, 2016: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard): "Microphone as Prosthesis and Technological Artifact"
  • May 26, 2016: Melissa Codd-Ayuso Senior Thesis Presentation

Sounding Spaces workshop group picture

Sounding Space Symposium, April 7-8, 2016

“Sounding Spaces: A Workshop on Music, Urban Spaces, Landscape, and Architecture” brought together Bienen School faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars (photo, above) for two days of presentations and discussions on the intersections of sound and space. In celebration of the opening of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, scholars explored the inherent linkage of music and space to show the mer-its of thinking about them in tandem. Workshop presenters each examined a particular aspect of sound and space, with topics cut-ting across centuries, geographies, and genres. Each presentation was followed by formal responses from Bienen School graduate students and general discussion. 

Bienen School workshop organizers included professor Inna Naroditskaya, associate professor Drew Edward Davies, and assistant professor Ryan Dohoney, all from the musicology program.

  • Tamara Levitz (UCLA): "Decolonizing the American Musicological Socety II: Geographies of White Supremacy."
  • Inna Naroditskaya (Northwestern): "Elizaveta of Russia – SoundSpace of the Imperial ABSOLUTE!" 
  • Matthew Sakakeeny (Tulane): "Inner Voices, Outer Sounds: Louis Armstrong’s Methods for Exteriorizing the Interior."
  • Drew Davies (Northwestern): "Calatrava's Instrument Bridges, or Affinities between Music and Architecture in a Signature Age."
  • Braxton Boren (Princeton), "Space as the Missing Link in Historical Performance Practice." 
  • Timothy Cooley (University of California, Santa Barbara): "Sound, Waves, and Scapes.”

Winter 2016

  • February 4, 2016: Judah Cohen (Indiana University) "Cycles of Liturgical Music Reform: What We Can Learn From Debbie Friedman” 
  • March 3, 2016: Benjamin Piekutt (Cornell University) “Avoiding a Theory of the Vernacular Avant-Garde” 

Fall 2015

  • October 1, 2015: Introductory Colloquium, Graduate Student Papers:
    • Nathan Reeves "Sirens in the Cloister: Disembodied Voices of Power and Protest in Early Modern Naples”
    • Milena Schaller “'Pure Folk Metal': Folk Idiom and Imagery in Heavy Metal Bands Turisas and Eluveitie”
    • Amanda Ruppenthal Stein "Composing a Jewish Symphony: Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah’”
    • Vanessa Tonelli: “Female Musicians of the Ospedali Grandi”
  • October 8, 2015: Jonathan Bellman "Transcultural Music: Process, Reception, Analysis"
  • October 15, 2015: Grad-student led Workshop on Abstract-Writing
  • October 19, 2015: Jason Rosenholtz-Witt “The Hidden Politics of the Emblem: William Byrd, Elizabeth I, and Cupid”
  • October 22, 2015: Jeremy Smith “Music, Death, and "Uncomfortable Time": William Byrd's "O that most rare breast" and Shakespeare's "Excellent Conceited Tragedy" of Romeo and Juliet”
  • November 15, 2015: Nikos Pappas "Moved by the force of Music: Keyboard Culture in Virginia before 1800" 

Spring 2015

  • April 9, 2015: Rachel Glodo (Northwestern University) "Humanization of the Oriental by Desire in Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin (1926)"
  • April 16, 2015: Conner Vanderbeek (Northwestern University) "The Politics of Gurmat Sangeet: The Narrowing Definition of Orthodox Sikhism"
  • April 23, 2015: Steve Hill (Office of Fellowships, Northwestern University) “Someone Else’s Nickel”
  • April 30, 2015: Gavin Steingo (University of Pittsburgh) "Storage and Transmission in South African Electronic Music."
  • May 7, 2015: Emily Lane (Northwestern University) “Seeing Themselves in the Movies": Diaspora Identity, Popular Music, and Indian-American Wedding Videos”
  • May 14, 2015: Kate Van Orden (Harvard University) “Musica Transalpina: French Music, Musicians, and Identity in Cinquecento Italy”
  • May 21, 2015: Ben Fowler (Northwestern University) "Michael Tippett's The Knot Garden: An American Premiere"
  • May 28, 2015: Jason Rosenholtz-Witt (Northwestern University) "Beyond the Score: Charlotte Moorman and John Cage's 26'1.1499'' for a String Player”