Musicology doctoral student Matthew Knight has been awarded a Dissertation Travel Grant by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Matthew will travel to the country of Georgia to study the role of polyphonic singing in the construction of regional and national identity. Congratulations, Matt!
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Host Jackie Wolf talks with Dr. Christopher Macklin, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who has been studying the use of music and medicine in the Middle Ages, and more specifically the Black Death. From 1346-1352, the disease killed approximately 1-in-3 adults in Western Europe. Dr. Macklin is interested in how music was employed in response to the Black Death and how plagues and art relate on an emotional and social level.
Dr. Macklin cites a specific composition, “O sancte Sebastiane”, by Guillaume Dufay, as being particularly important for those coping with the Black Plague in the 14th century. This piece, citing the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, is a telling story of the mythology and symbolic historical representation of the Black Plague.
Center for Advanced Study Initiative
Dissonance: Music and Globalization since Edison’s Phonograph
Since the mid-nineteenth century, transformations in communications and technology have accelerated the pace of encounter and exchange between musical cultures. Participants in this workshop will come together in order to share disciplinary perspectives on the reshaping of musical life brought about by these changes since the late nineteenth century, concentrating on the many-sided involvement of Jews as musicians, musicologists, and entrepreneurs in the modern world. The workshop aims to bring together approaches from multiple disciplines for mutual enrichment and critical reflection; participants will be encouraged to contribute a broadly reflective talk that will lead to discussions of issues of general interest.
Invited presenters include:
Philip Bohlman (Music, University of Chicago)
Annegret Fauser (Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Lars-Christian Koch (Music, University of Cologne)
Harry Liebersohn (History, University of Illinois)
James Loeffler (History, University of Virginia)
William Kinderman (Musicology)
Bruno Nettl (Musicology, University of Illinois)
Michael Steinberg (History, Brown University)
This workshop is free and open to the public.
For more information, including the workshop schedule, see cas.illinois.edu
Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars
Alumni Lecture Series
Dr. Andrew Granade
Associate Professor of Musicology
Chair of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology
University of Missouri Kansas City – Conservatory of Music and Dance
Finding a Humanizing Alchemy: Harry Partch and the Illini Student Union Spring Musical Water! Water!
Friday, October 24
Smith Hall Room 25
We are pleased to note that the latest issue of the College Music Symposium (journal of the College Music Society) features articles by two UIUC ethnomusicologists, Gabriel Solis and Bruno Nettl, and a distinguished alumnus, Ted Solís. All articles in the issue are available free, here
On September 27th and 28, the UIUC School of Music hosted the AMS Midwest Regional meeting, with Associate Professor Katherine Syer acting as the local organizer. Many of our graduate students presented their research. You can read the abstracts and see the program by clicking the link below:
Professor William Kinderman has been named a Steinway Artist: “Steinway is the indispensible means of realizing a precious musical heritage reaching back to Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. These composers did not know the modern Steinway, but they would have delighted in its rich artistic possibilities, which continue to inspire us today.”
This year’s annual Bruno and Wanda Nettl lecture will be given by Philip Bohlman on Friday the 26th of Sept. at 4 pm in Smith Hall room 25. Bohlman will be speaking on the subject of J.G. Herder’s work on nationalism and the Jewish tradition as they relate to the history of ethnomusicology.