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23 September 2010

Building Bridges to Living Composers: Interdisciplinary Analysis as Prelude I, II, and II

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  • Volume: 50
  • Presented at: 2010 National Conference

While the various fields of musical study approach individual works and their composers in diverse manners, there remains a need for these fields to engage in expanded ways with living composers. As a quintessentially interdisciplinary organization, the College Music Society provides the ideal umbrella structure for serious dialogue between living composers and musical scholars. Following on the extremely successful 2009 building bridges session proposed by board members in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, and Music Theory, the proposed three sessions will act as preludes to the three composer’s concerts to be given at the National CMS Meeting in Minneapolis. A distinguished group of fourteen theorists, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, and performers have agreed to select a composition from those accepted for performance and to offer a brief interdisciplinary analysis. Participants will have opportunities to engage with the composers and performers while preparing their brief presentations, and each session will provide a short period for discussion and questions.

Chair: Sam Magrill (Composition, University of Central Oklahoma)

Participants (fields of study, affiliation):

Matthew Balensuela (Musicology, DePauw University)
Juan Chattah (Theory/General Studies, Agnes Scott College)
Evan Jones (Theory/Cello Performance, Florida State University)
Edward Latham (Theory/Vocal Performance, Temple University)
Nico Schuler (Theory, Texas State University)
Matthew Shaftel (Theory/Vocal Performance, Florida State University)
Elizabeth Smith (Theory, Illinois State University)
Janet Sturman (Ethnomusicology, University of Arizona)
Todd Sullivan (Musicology, Northern Arizona University)
Bruce Taggart (Theory, Michigan State University)
Kristen Wendland (Theory/Ethnomusicology, Emory University)


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Matthew R. Shaftel

Dr. Matthew Shaftel is on the Music faculty at Florida State University and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His many publications and presentations reflect an interest in opera, as well as in art and popular music from 1845-1945. He has published articles and essays on such composers as Mozart, Schubert, Schoenberg, Webern, Stephen Foster, and Cole Porter. His critical edition of Anton Webern's Early Vocal Music was published by Carl Fischer in 2004, and his aural skills textbook, coauthored with Evan Jones, is currently published by Hayden-McNeil. In addition to coauthoring a book on Cole Porter with Allen Forte, he is currently the editor ofMTO-A Journal of the Society for Music Theory, and serves on the boards ofThe College Music Society, Music Theory Southeast, and theTallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is also the director of an annual music festival held in northern Italy, The Asolo Festival and Institute for Song Interpretation. Quite active as a performer, he has performed leading roles in such operas as The Old Maid and the Thief, Street Scene, and Le Nozze di Figaro. He was a soloist at the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals and has given solo and joint recitals in Italy, Canada, and across the United States. 

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