The Grain of the Guitar

By Varun Chandrasekhar (Washington University in St. Louis) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s virtual meeting on Thursday, November 4. As the old adage goes, “blues ain’t nothin’ but three chords and the truth.”  Music theory, admittedly with some awkwardness, has little problem defining the… Continue reading The Grain of the Guitar

Performing Post-Tonal Metric Manipulations

By James Sullivan (Michigan State University) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s virtual meeting on Thursday, November 4. “Because they involve only one obvious interpretive layer, subliminally dissonant passages can easily take on the semblance of consonances.  It is the performer’s duty to ensure that… Continue reading Performing Post-Tonal Metric Manipulations

Riemann’s Phrasing Edition and the Energetics of Meter

By Thomas Ingram This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14. Although Hugo Riemann is primarily remembered as a theorist of harmony, phrasing theory was a consistent concern throughout his career. This was particularly true of the 1880s, when he published… Continue reading Riemann’s Phrasing Edition and the Energetics of Meter

An Analysis of Gabriela Montero’s (2012) Live Improvisation on “Nun danket alle Gott”

By Gilad Rabinovitch (Florida State University) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14. We tend to associate historical European music-making with “composers” who “write compositions”; however, from the middle ages to the early nineteenth century, this European tradition involved a… Continue reading An Analysis of Gabriela Montero’s (2012) Live Improvisation on “Nun danket alle Gott”

Performing Structure: Tempo in Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations

By Michael Rector (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14. Starting in the 1970s, Glenn Gould became increasingly interested in proportional tempi as a means of structuring his performances of multi-movement works.  The culmination of… Continue reading Performing Structure: Tempo in Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations

Analyzing Performance and Performing Analysis: Light Shows in Hip Hop and EDM

By Olivia R. Lucas (Louisiana State University) This post serves as a preview of a lightning talk that will take place at PAIG’s virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14. Concert lighting is an essential component of contemporary popular music performance that assists in providing an immersive, multi-sensory experience.  Although light shows primarily strike audiences as… Continue reading Analyzing Performance and Performing Analysis: Light Shows in Hip Hop and EDM

CFS: A Call for Sounds

By Richard Beaudoin (Dartmouth College) This post is related to “Microtiming the Marginal:  The Expressive Rhythm of ‘Insignificant Noises’ in Recordings by Claire Chase, Evgeny Kissin, and Maggie Teyte,” a paper given at the Analyzing Recordings session of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory [SMT] held jointly with the American Musicological… Continue reading CFS: A Call for Sounds

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