Reframing Classical Performance through Representation in Teaching (Part One of Three)

Nathan Pell (The Graduate Center, CUNY) This is the first of three essays (to be published serially) about representation in classical music, written by a teacher, writer, player, and lover of this music.  If this essay seems overtly political, that’s because classical music’s place in the world is, as much as we might want to… Continue reading Reframing Classical Performance through Representation in Teaching (Part One of Three)

CFP for 2020 Meeting

The SMT Performance and Analysis Interest Group (PAIG) invites proposals for 13-minute lightning talks at its upcoming meeting during the 2020 Society for Music Theory conference in Minneapolis, MN (November 5–8).  We await guidance from SMT in determining the format of our meeting, but commit to accommodating those who cannot attend in person. Proposed talks… Continue reading CFP for 2020 Meeting

Ernst Levy’s Liszt: Analyzing Analytical Limits

By Daniel Barolsky (Beloit College) In the winter of 1997 I first heard Ernst Levy’s 1956 recording of the Liszt B minor Piano Sonata in the studio of Ward Marston, whose eponymous label would later release a transfer of the performance onto CD.  At that time—before I started graduate school—I had not yet developed any… Continue reading Ernst Levy’s Liszt: Analyzing Analytical Limits

Expressive Asynchrony and Lyrical Meaning in Buffy Sainte-Marie Performances

By Nancy Murphy (University of Houston) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s 2019 SMT meeting in Columbus (Saturday, November 9 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm). The study of expressive timing typically observes how notated metric structures are varied in performance.  Expressive asynchrony is one such method… Continue reading Expressive Asynchrony and Lyrical Meaning in Buffy Sainte-Marie Performances

Performing a Syncopated Hemiola and Its Cousin in Brahms

By John Paul Ito (Carnegie Mellon University) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s 2019 SMT meeting in Columbus (Saturday, November 9 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm). In my upcoming talk during the PAIG meeting at SMT this weekend, I’ll be talking about navigating the performance… Continue reading Performing a Syncopated Hemiola and Its Cousin in Brahms

Toward a Performance-based Analysis for the Shō

By Toru Momii (Columbia University) My current research develops a framework for analyzing interculturality in contemporary Japanese music through the lens of performance.  One of my case studies—on which I’ll be presenting at SMT next month—focuses on shō player Miyata Mayumi, who not only maintains an active career as a gagaku musician but also as… Continue reading Toward a Performance-based Analysis for the Shō

Tempo as Form

By Nathan Pell (The Graduate Center, CUNY and Mannes College) This past Fall, I presented at a nineteenth-century performance practice conference at the Sydney Conservatorium, convened by Neal Peres da Costa, Daniel Yeadon, and Clive Brown.  (Fellow PAIG member Jocelyn Ho also gave a paper, on Debussy’s performance style, that showcased her truly stunning piano… Continue reading Tempo as Form

Reflections on the 5th International Performance Studies Network Conference

Lee Blasius recently instructed a program committee:  “One question we don’t need to ask is, ‘Is this music theory?’  The field is an ever-expanding horizon.”  On the surface, many of the presentations and performances given at this summer’s 5th International Performance Studies Network Conference, held at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, presented analyses… Continue reading Reflections on the 5th International Performance Studies Network Conference

2018 PAIG Meeting at AMS/SMT

"Since Schnabel: Pondering Hypermeter in Beethoven's Piano Sonatas" Presented by William Rothstein (The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY) Friday, November 2, 12:30–2:00 ** New Location: Lone Star B Crocket CD Our upcoming meeting will take the form of a 45-minute presentation (see abstract below) followed by an extended analytical discussion. For those who wish… Continue reading 2018 PAIG Meeting at AMS/SMT