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Music Theory Midwest Ninth Annual Conference
Louisville, KY, May 1998

Music Theory Midwest

1998 Ninth Annual Conference
University of Louisville
15-16 May 1998 - Louisville, KY



11:30 AM         Meeting, MTMW Executive Board

Noon - 5:00 PM Registration                                         Music Building Lobby

2:00 - 3:00 PM   Transformational Theories

Clifton Callender (University of Chicago), Chair

Adrian P. Childs (University of Chicago): Symmetric Family Values: Notions of Closeness in Transformational Systems

Mike Siciliano (University of Chicago): Voice Leading, R-P Cycles, and Schubert's "Der Jüngling und der Tod"

2:00 - 3:00         Musical Humanisms

Thomas Christensen (University of Iowa), Chair

Linda Ciacchi (Michigan State University): The Integration of Pacing, Phrasing and Proportion in Monteverdi's Late Madrigals

Brian G. Campbell (Minneapolis, Minnesota): The Ghost of Timotheus: Johann Mattheson's Der vollkommene Capellmeister and Moving the Passions of the Soul

3:00 - 3:15         Break

3:15 - 4:45         Hermeneutic Connections

Justin London (Carleton College), Chair

Eric McKee (Pennsylvania State University): Alternative Meanings in the First Movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in Eß Major, Op. 127: Emergence and Growth from Stagnation and Decline

Brian Alegant (Oberlin College) and Don McLean (McGill University): What Next?: Linkage and the Art of Building Bridges

Roger Graybill (The University of Texas at Austin): Stylistic Deviation as Hermeneutic Enigma

3:15 - 4:45         Recent Music

John Schaffer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Chair

Nancy Yunhwa Rao (Rutgers University): An Analysis of the Use of Chinese Opera in Contemporary Music

Frank Riddick (Oklahoma City University): Diatonicism, Rotation, and "Invertible Counterpoint" in Arvo Pärt's De Profundis

Steven Nuss (Colby College): "Yes I Wrote It, But I Didn't Mean It": Hearing the Unintended in Tokuhode Niimi's Ohju (1988) for Solo Cello

8:00     Keynote Address

Thomas Christensen (University of Iowa): Topographies of Music Theory

9:00     Reception Hosted by University of Louisville School of Music


8:30 - 3:00         Registration

9:00 - 11:45       Franck, Debussy, Bartók

Richard Cohn (University of Chicago), Chair

Robert C. Cook (University of Chicago): Voice Leading, A Non-Commutative Group, and the Double Reprise in Franck's Piano Quintet

John K. Novak (Northern Illinois University): Whole-Tone Harmony as an Extension of Tonal Harmony in the Music of Debussy: An Underestimated Technique of Conjunction

Kip Wile (Sam Houston State University): Motivic Voice Leading in the Music of Debussy

10:30 - 10:45         Break

Russel B. Grazier, Jr. (University of Chicago): Hexatonicism and Octatonicism in the Songs of Debussy: A Neo-Riemannian Approach

Wayne Alpern (City University of New York): Bartók's Compositional Process: "Extension in Range" as a Progressive Contour Transformation

9:00 - 10:30       Pedagogical Initiatives

Helen Brown (Purdue University), Chair

Bruce C. Kelley (The Ohio State University): Music and the Mind: A Synthesis of the Pedagogical Theories of Writing-to-Learn and the Musical Cognition Theories of Mary Louise Serafine

Bruce Taggart (Michigan State University): Children and Music Theory: We Can Do More

William Marvin (Oberlin College): Music Reading/Aural Skills

10:45 - 11:45     Music and Popular Culture

James Buhler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Chair

John S. Cotner (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Improvisation in the Electric Church: Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by the Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

David Loberg Code (Western Michigan University): Dr. Seuss and the Politics of Pianos

12:00 - 2:00       Luncheon Pasta Buffet                                     University Club

2:00 - 3:30         Interpretive Turns

Marianne Kielian-Gilbert (Indiana University), Chair

Gregory J. Marion (University of Michigan): Lifting the Fog: Assessing Debussy's "Brouillards"

Stephen E. Rodgers (Lawrence University): "The Body that Beats": Roland Barthes and Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana

Elizabeth Paley (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Narrativizing Music

2:00 - 3:30         Brahms

Frank Samarotto (University of Cincinnati), Chair

Christopher K. Thompson (Knox College): A New Voice in Unfamiliar Surroundings: Sonata Form, Genre, and Brahms's Horn Trio, Op. 40

François de Médicis (Montreal, Quebec): A Way Out of a Theoretical Dead-End: Revaluating the Relationships between Developing Variation and Form and Style in Brahms's Music

Peter H. Smith (University of Notre Dame): Brahms and Subject/Answer Rhetoric

3:30 - 3:45         Break

3:45 - 4:45         Music and Cognition

Candace Brower (Northwestern University), Chair

Deron McGee (University of Kansas): Simply Complex: Toward Understanding Music as a Complex Adaptive System

Lawrence Zbikowski (University of Chicago): Musical Analogy and Meaning Construction: An Approach from Conceptual Integration Networks

3:45 - 4:45         Mahler and Schoenberg

Michael Cherlin (University of Minnesota), Chair

Lars Rains (City University of New York): Directional Tonality and the Double- Tonic Complex in Mahler's Adagietto

Charlotte M. Cross (New York, New York): Schoenberg's Modern Theory: A Preliminary Investigation

5:00               MTMW Business Meeting

8:00 PM           Dessert Party                           Home of Anne Marie de Zeeuw


10:00 AM         Meeting of 1998 Program Committee and MTMW Officers

David Loberg Code, School of Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008. E-mail:
Revised: 2.Apr.98