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The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series

Since its inception in January 1997, Thinking About Music has presented nearly 120 lectures and one symposium by guests from numerous different colleges, universities, schools of music, foundations, institutes, museums and publishing concerns. The subjects of the lectures have covered historical musicology, music theory and ethnomusicology, along with the ancillary fields of organology, dance, music business and law, cognitive psychology, and the philosophy, theology and sociology of music.

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Schedule: Fall 2018

1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MUSICAL TEMPO AT THE CLOSE OF THE LONG 19TH CENTURY
Leslie Blasius, University of Wisconsin
In a recent study, Roger Grant excavates the supercession of Renaissance mensuration by the measure in the concerted music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Key to this is an abstraction, the early-modern conception of measure as constituted a coordinated system of isynchronous pulses. Balancing this abstraction is the notion that the measure creates rhythmic characters, joining specific meters to specific tempi. For Grant, the inherent contradiction in this tempo giusto system reaches a point of crisis in the early 19th century, when the combinatorial possibilities for joining meter and tempo overwhelm the conventional list of rhythmic topoi. Thus a further abstraction, the introduction of naturalised time in the form of the metronome. We might extend Grant’s argument, noting that naturalised time in the 19th century is itself balanced by the performative time of the tempo rubato. This, Blasius argues, gives rise by the close of the century to a new phenomenology of tempo, one predicated on the possibilities of mutable tempi, on a distinction between notated tempo and perceived velocity, and on the limit-case of the Durchgang, the breakthrough in which tempo itself is dissolved. 
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SCALES OF JUSTICE
Robert Clarida, Reitler Kailas and Rosenblatt, LLC
Judith Finell, Judith Finell MusicServices Inc.

This presentation focuses on the recent high-profile litigation between the Marvin Gaye estate and songwriters Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke over their hit song Blurred Lines, and the ways in which it has (and has not) changed the landscape of music litigation, specifically with regard to the standard of substantial similarity.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
MAHLER, BERNSTEIN AND JEWISH IDENTITY
Matthew Mugmon, University of Arizona
Location: Albino Gorno Memorial CCM Library, UC's Blegen Library, 4th floor
Admission: FREE

Past Lectures: Spring 2018

2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
SONGS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES: CROSS-DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO MUSIC AND MOBILITY
Kate van Orden, Harvard University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FINDING FLORENCE PRICE: ON ARCHIVES AND SPECTRAL LEGACIES
Douglas Shadle, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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CANCELLED 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 2
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
ANTHOLOGIZING ROCK AND ROLL: RHINO RECORDS AND THE REPACKAGING OF ROCK HISTORY
Daniel Goldmark, Case Western Reserve University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
HOW DID CHROMATICISM BECOME AN ‘-ISM’?
Kyle Adams, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Exploring theories of chromaticism from classical antiquity through the early eighteenth century.
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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CANCELLED 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
FOLK MUSICIANS AND THE TRADITIONAL THEATER OF UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
Datta Ram Purohit, H.N.B. Garhwal University
Location:
Baur Room
Admission:
FREE
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Past Speakers (1996-97 through 2012-13)

  • Kofi Agawu 
  • Wye Jamison Allanbrook 
  • David Ake
  • Charles Atkinson
  • Joseph Auner 
  • Gage Averill 
  • Judith Becker
  • Gerard Behague 
  • Paul Berliner 
  • Philip Bohlman 
  • Graeme Boone
  • Gregory Booth 
  • James Borders
  • Karen Bottge 
  • Susan Boynton 
  • Candace Brower 
  • Malcolm Brown 
  • J. Peter Burkholder 
  • Scott Burnham 
  • Mellonee Burnim
  • L. Poundie Burstein
  • Allen Cadwallader 
  • Deborah Campana 
  • William Caplin 
  • Peter Cariani 
  • Anna Celenza 
  • Michael Cherlin 
  • Thomas Christensen 
  • Marcia J. Citron 
  • Robert Clarida 
  • Bastian Clevé
  • David Cohen 
  • Richard Cohn 
  • Vincent Colapietro 
  • Susan Cook 
  • Richard Crawford
  • Warren Darcy 
  • Beverly Diamond 
  • Walter Everett 
  • Yajoi Uno Everett 
  • Laurel Fay 
  • Steven Feld 
  • Martha Feldman 
  • Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.
  • Mary Frandsen 
  • Jane Fulcher 
  • Sarah Fuller 
  • Sander L. Gilman 
  • Robert O. Gjerdingen 
  • Beth Glixon 
  • Philip Gossett 
  • Taylor Greer 

 

  • Barbara Haggh 
  • Ethan Haimo 
  • Christopher Hasty
  • Robert Hatten 
  • Wendy Heller
  • James Hepokoski 
  • Dane Heuchemer 
  • Stephen Hinton 
  • Julian Hook 
  • Gretchen Horlacher
  • Roy Howat 
  • Mary Hunter 
  • David Huron
  • Brian Hyer 
  • Allan Keiler
  • Kay Knittel 
  • Nola Reed Knouse 
  • Lev Koblyakov
  • Kevin Korsyn
  • Ellen Koskoff 
  • Kim Kowalke 
  • Lawrence Kramer 
  • Richard Kramer
  • Joseph Kraus 
  • Harald Krebs 
  • Kenneth Kreitner 
  • Joel Lester 
  • Mary S. Lewis
  • Rebecca Leydon 
  • Laurence Libin 
  • David Lidov
  • Judith Lochhead 
  • Justin London
  • Hugh Macdonald
  • Patrick Macey
  • William P. Malm 
  • Rebecca Maloy 
  • Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis 
  • Michael Marissen 
  • Elizabeth West Marvin 
  • Guerino Mazzola 
  • David McAllester
  • Kerry McCarthy 
  • Andrew W. Mead
  • Honey Meconi 
  • Louise Meintjes 
  • Daniel Melamed 
  • Stefano Mengozzi 
  • Craig A. Monson 
  • Jairo Moreno 
  • Severine Neff 
  • Susan Neimoyer
  • Bruno Nettl
  • David Neumeyer
  • Edward Nowacki
  • Charles O. Nussbaum
  • Massimo Ossi
  • Leeman Perkins
  • Alejandro E. Planchart
  • Howard Pollack
  • Harold S. Powers
  • Guthrie Ramsey
  • Annie Randall
  • Annette Richards
  • Thomas L. Riis
  • Steven Rings
  • Jenefer Robinson
  • Alex Ross
  • Lee Rothfarb
  • William Rothstein
  • Lewis Rowell
  • Leonora Saavedra
  • Frank Samarotto
  • Janna Saslaw
  • Carl Schachter
  • Luitgard Schader
  • James Schmidt
  • Loren Schoenberg
  • Peter Schubert
  • Anthony Seeger
  • Peggy Seeger
  • Kay Shelemay
  • Hedi Siegel
  • Dennis Slavin
  • Charles Smith
  • Peter H. Smith
  • Ruth Solie
  • Mark Spicer
  • Rose Subotnik
  • Mark Swed
  • Richard Taruskin
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Jeff Titon
  • Anthony Tommasini
  • Leo Treitler
  • Thomas Turino
  • Michael von der Linn
  • Paul von Hippel
  • Bonnie Wade
  • Alan Walker
  • James Webster
  • Richard Will
  • Susan Youens
  • Steven Zohn
  • Lawrence Zbikowski
  • James Zychowicz