Memory in Post-1980s Music: 
History, Form, Perception

RMA Study Day
Memory in Post-1980s Music:

History, Form, Perception

Music Research Centre, University of York,
Saturday 22nd Februrary 2014

Guest speaker: Michael Zev Gordon (Birmingham)
Lunchtime recital: Joseph Houston piano

Proposals for papers are invited on any aspect of this topic.  Possible areas for discussion include:

  • Contemporary music in the context of earlier traditions
  • Quotation, allusion, parody
  • The role of memory in musical perception
  • Formal concerns of repetition and development
  • Expressive nostalgia
  • The impact of technology on issues of perception and memory
  • The relationship between memory and subjectivity
  • Memory in modernist, postmodernist and other worldviews
  • Compositional approaches

The day will include a lunchtime recital by award-winning pianist Joseph Houston, playing Michael Zev Gordon’s On Memory (2004), and a pre-concert talk by the composer.  Abstracts of not more than 200 words should be submitted to Mark Hutchinson ( by 29th November 2013 for consideration by the programme committee.

Registration fee: £10 (free for members of RMA or the University of York).  To register in advance your intention to come to this event please contact Mark Hutchinson ( or the RMA Student Liaison Officer Susan Bagust (