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Adorno and Analysis

Bristol, February 1997

The Bristol Department of Music, in association with Critical Musicology, the Royal Musical Association and the Society for Music Analysis, is organizing a one-day conference on 'Adorno and Analysis' on Saturday 15 February 1997. With the rapid development of the so-called 'new musicology', there has been a concomitant renewal of interest in the ideas of Theodor Adorno, one of the first (and possibly the most successful) to demonstrate the ways in which aesthetic and sociological interpretations of music are rooted in its immanent structures; however, there has so far been little public debate about the ways in which his ideas might have an impact on the practices of musical analysis. This conference aims to air some of these issues and to give delegates the opportunity to debate them.

The day will include formal papers, a round table session and a keynote address from Max Paddison (Durham University). There will also be a lunchtime recital by Jane Manning and David Mason of music by Schoenberg, Berg and Adorno.


Registration and Coffee (Theatre Bar)
Session I (Lecture Room)
Julian Johnson (University of Sussex):
'The nature of abstraction: analysis and the Webern myth'
Alastair Williams (Keele University):
'Structure and subjectivity in analysis'
Craig Ayrey (Goldsmiths' College, University of London)
Sandwich Lunch (Theatre Bar)
Concert (Recital Room)
Jane Manning (mezzo-soprano)
David Mason (piano)

A programme of songs by Schoenberg, Berg and Adorno
Session II (Lecture Room)
Round Table focusing on Adorno's 'The Problems of Musical Analysis' (see footnote 1) and Alban Berg: Master of the Smallest Link (see footnote 2)
  • Eric Clarke (University of Sheffield)
  • John Deathridge (King's College London)
  • Anthony Pople (Lancaster University)
  • Jim Samson (University of Bristol)
Tea (Theatre Bar)
Session III (Lecture Room)
Keynote lecture:
Max Paddison (University of Durham)
'Immanent critique or musical stocktakings? Adorno's ambivalence towards analysis'
There will be a display in the Theatre Bar of publications for purchase, organized by Rosemary Dooley.

(footnote 1) tr. and introduced by Max Paddison, Music Analysis, 1/2 (1982), 169-87
(footnote 2) tr. with introduction and annotation by Juliane Brand and Christopher Hailey (Cambridge: CUP, 1991)

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