A silhouette (in white) of Founder's Tower, on a background illustrating a musical theme. Royal Holloway, University of London

On Musical Material
A Study Day for Research Students
4 Jul 08
Institute of Musical Research

What does ‘musical material’ mean today? Developments after Adorno.

This conference seeks to bring together all types of composers and musicologists to discuss notions of ‘musical material’. It will address how this concept has developed since Adorno by examining its relationship to both the composition of, and the writing about, recent music. How have competing and dominant ideas affected developments in post-war composition and its subsequent reception? Or, how have musical compositions and the histories that are allied to them affected the development of analytical models and theoretical frameworks?

We welcome proposals for papers (of 20 minutes) that investigate the space in-between these simplistic extremes by addressing notions of musical material in relation to musical compositions, to developments in reception histories or to bodies of thought more widely. We particularly welcome proposals that address notions of musical material in relation to: analytical approaches to recent music; aesthetic and theoretical critique.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to the convenor Roddy Hawkins (mus2rwmh@leeds.ac.uk) by 5 May 2008 for consideration by the programme committee.

To register in advance your intention to come to this event please contact Roddy Hawkins(mus2rwmh@leeds.ac.uk) or the RMA Student Liaison Officer Susan Bagust (sjbagust@onetel.com).

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