Musicology Lecture Series: Fall 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Friday, August 29 @ 4 pm
Biddle Music Building, Room 101

Jeremy Begbie (Duke Divinity School)
 "Disquieting Conversations: Bach, Modernity and God"

Jeremy S. Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke Divinity School. Educated largely in Scotland, before entering the theological world he read music and philosophy at Edinburgh University, studying composition with Kenneth Leighton. Holding piano performing and teaching qualifications, he was recently made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music. He has taught widely in the UK, North America and South Africa.  He is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is author of a number of books, including Theology, Music and Time (CUP) and Music, Modernity, and God (OUP).


Thursday, September 11@ 3:30 pm
Biddle Music Building, Library Seminar Room

Lawrence Kramer (Fordham University)
"Music and the Rise of Narrative"

Lawrence Kramer is Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English and Music at Fordham University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. His books include the seminal Music as Cultural Practice: 1800-1900 (University of California Press, 1990), as well as Interpreting Music (2010), Why Classical Music Still Matters (2007), Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss (2004), Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History (2001), and many others.  He has been the editor of 19th Century Music since 1993 and is the author of over 100 articles and chapters.

Co-sponsored by the German Department.


Friday, October 24 @ 4 pm
Biddle Music Building, Room 101

Benjamin Levy (University of California, Santa Barbara)
"Dissonance, Demonization, and Redemption:  The Meaning of Twelve-Tone
Music in Ligeti's Hungarian-Period Works"

Benjamin Levy is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in contemporary music and has presented and published research on Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, and György Ligeti. Dr. Levy received the Society for Music Theory's Emerging Scholar Award in 2011 for his article, ‘Shades of the Studio: Electronic Influences on Ligeti's Apparitions’, and he is currently working on a book tracing the composer's radical change in style during the 1950s and 60s, based on study of the composer's sketches held at the Paul Sacher Foundation. In addition, he is the translator and editor of the Schoenberg-Webern Correspondence, which will be published as volume 6 of Oxford University Press's Schoenberg in Words series. Dr. Levy holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland, and has taught at Towson University, the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and Arizona State University.