Multiple Agency in Mozart’s Chamber Music

Check out this new SMT-V videocast by PAIG co-chair Edward Klorman about multiple agency and the performance of Mozart’s chamber music. 

Haydn quartet painting (low res)

Abstract: Comparisons between the string quartet and artful conversation have flourished since the genre’s birth. If a quartet performance resembles stylized social intercourse, each player may be understood to enact the role of an individual persona engaged in the discourse. This study introduces the concept of multiple agency, whereby musical events are interpreted through the actions and interactions of these individual personas. This analytical approach is demonstrated through the analysis of a passage from Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387. A more thorough exposition of multiple agency’s historical and conceptual underpinning appears in the author’s forthcoming monograph, Mozart’s Music of Friends.


PAIG Meeting at SMT in St. Louis

Friday, October 30
12:00–1:45 pm
Grand C
We’ll begin with a brief business and planning meeting, followed by four short presentations:

What Can We Learn About Ars Subtilior Temporality from Mala Punica’s Performances?
Timothy Chenette (Utah State University)

Performance Analyzing Analysis
Andrew M. Friedman (Harvard University)

Performers’ Analyses: Collating, Integrating, Assimilating
arise Hastings (Tallahassee, FL)

A Tale of Two Recordings and Their Analytical Ramifications: Jane Bathori, Pierre Bernac, and Debussy’s “Colloque sentimental”
Peter Kaminsky (University of Connecticut)

These papers were selected through a blind review process. PAIG wishes thank everyone who submitted a proposal, as well as our selection committee: Daniel Barolsky, Ryan McClelland, and Victoria Tzotzkova.

Performance-and-Analysis Pedagogy Resource now available

We’re pleased to present an online Pedagogy Resource for those teaching courses that relate analysis and performance. The Resource contains syllabi, course reading lists, lesson plans, assignments, and other materials representative of different kinds of courses taught at a range of institutions.

The Resource is sponsored by the Performance and Analysis Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory, and we hope it will serve a larger community. It is curated by Daphne Leong, assisted by Edward Klorman; Richard vonFoerster assisted in the early stages of the project.

We thank all who contributed materials. Additional materials, particularly any that represent approaches or items not represented in the Resource, are welcomed.

To contribute to the Pedagogy Resource, please click here.

For questions, ideas, or feedback, please contact us at

You may also post comments on the webpage itself.

We hope that you will find this resource useful. Please pass this information on to others who may be interested, including those outside SMT.


Daphne Leong