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Student News and Presentations: 2016

Jayson Smith, PhD student in music theory, was selected to present his paper, “The Metric Battle in Holst’s Mars, the Bringer of War” at the Music Theory Forum at Florida State University (Tallahassee, January 2016), the Graduate Theory Association’s Annual Symposium of Research in Music Theory at Indiana University (Bloomington, February 2016), the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference (Belton, TX, February 2016), and the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory Conference (Albuquerque, NM, April 2016). He also has been selected to present at the Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference (Calgary, June 2016). Jay’s research was recognized with the Herbert Colvin Award for Best Student Paper at the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference. Additionally, Jay is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Music Theory Award for the University of North Texas College of Music.

The following students also presented papers in 2016:

Doug Donley
The 'Wave Meter Model': A Graphic Notation for Metric Phenomena
Texas Society for Music Theory Annual Conference

Kája Lill
Coherence amidst Irregular and Asymmetrical Hypermeter in the Fanfare of Janáček's Sinfonietta
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium

Building On Cohn's Metric Space: Metric Dissonances, Metric Irregularity, and Phrase Expansions in The Fanfare of Janáček's Sinfonietta
Texas Society for Music Theory Annual Conference

Sarah McConnell
Motive, Form, Process, and Second Themes–an Analysis of Reger's D minor Piano Quartet
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium

Jason Patterson
The Tonic Object: New Models for Symphonic Analysis
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium &
Texas Society for Music Theory Annual Conference

Jay Smith
The Metric Battle in Holst's 'Mars, the Bringer of War'
Indiana University Graduate Theory Association Symposium

Faculty Research Publications and Presentations: 2015

Benjamin Dobbs (Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory) presented a paper, entitled "Triadic Counterpoint or Contrapuntal Triads: Compositional Pedagogy in Early Seventeenth-Century Germany," at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in St. Louis held October 29 - November 1, 2015.

Frank Heidlberger, Professor of Music Theory, presented a paper on "Carl Dahlhaus on the History of Music Theory - New Perspectives ," October 3, at the annual meeting of the German Society of Music Theory in Berlin (Germany), as part of a panel discussion, with Professors Thomas Christensen, Nathan Martin, and Jan-Philipp Sprick.  On October 29 he  presented a paper called "De rebus prius factis – Ernst Krenek’s Theoretical and Practical Approach to Electronic Music in the Context of Post-World-War II Serialism" at the annual meeting of the Society of Music Theory in St. Louis.

Dr. Samantha Inman, “Of Beginnings and Endings: P as Agent of Closure in Haydn's Sonatas”, Texas Society for Music Theory, February 27-28, at the University of Texas–El Paso. 

Dr. Diego Cubero, “Blurring into the Distant: Harmonic Overlaps in Schumann and Brahms”, South Central Society for Music Theory in New Orleans, March 27-28; 30th Annual Meeting of the New England Conference of Music Theorists in Boston, April 24-26, 2015.

Dr. Frank Heidlberger: new Henle critical edition of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Concert pieces for Clarinet, Bassett horn and piano op. 113 and 114; presentedErnst Krenek’s electronic oratorio ‘Spiritus intelligentiae’ (1955/56) and the discourse of serialism after the Second World War”, presented at the Conference on "Music between War and Peace in the 20th Century", Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, Moscow, April 21-24, 2015.

Dr. Samantha Inman, “Of Beginnings and Endings: P as Agent of Closure in Haydn's Sonatas”, Texas Society for Music Theory, February 27-28, at the University of Texas–El Paso.

Dr. Timothy Jackson, “Anton Eberl's Innovative Conceptions of Sonata Form: The Example of the First Movements of E-flat Major Op. 33 and D Minor Op. 34”, Eighth European Music Analysis Conference  in Leuven, Belgium, September 17-20, 2014; published a chapter in a collection of essays: “The ‘Pseudo-Einsatz’ in Two Handel Fugues: Heinrich Schenker’s Analytical Work with Reinhard Oppel”, University of Rochester Press, book ed. David Beach and Yosef Goldenberg.

Dr. Justin Lavacek, “Mozart’s Harmonic Practice in the Secco Recitatives,” Theoria, vol. 22 (forthcoming 2015);“Contrapuntal Ingenuity in the Motets of Machaut”Integral (forthcoming)

Dr. David Schwarz (co-edited with Richard Cohn, Yale Univ.), David Lewin’s Morgengruß: Text, Context, Commentary (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Fall 2015).


Student News and Presentations: 2015

Several students and faculty from the theory area have recently presented research—from harmony to form, Schenkerian theory to Sonata theory, classical to jazz to pop music—at conferences around the globe.

Benjamin Dobbs, Ph.D. candidate in music theory, presented his paper, "Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: The Interdisciplinary Curriculum of the Early-Seventeenth Century Music Classroom,"  at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, held at the Humboldt University of Berlin in March. He will present another paper, "The Interdisciplinary Curriculum of the Seventeenth-Century Lateinschule and the Place of the Music Lehrbuch and Therein: The Case of Baryphonus and Grimm’s Pleiades musicae," at the Spring 2015 Conference of the American Musicological Society - Southwest Chapter, held at UNT in April.

Benjamin Graf (ABD, Ph.D. in music theory and M.M. trumpet performance) won 3rd Place in the Non-STEM category (Humanities, Education, Business and Social Sciences) at the Federation Research Symposium of North Texas Area Universities. His analysis of select Beethoven pieces also won 1st Prize at UNT's Graduate Exhibition (Humanities category).  Ben is a student of UNT Distinguished Research Professor Timothy Jackson.

PhD candidate Michael Rogers presented his poster "Chord Scale Usage as Compositional Method in Jazz: Scalar Application Types in the Music of Thad Jones" at the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Music Theory in El Paso, February 28.

In the meantime, Michael successfully defended his dissertation. This photo shows (left to right): Dr. Frank Heidlberger (Division Chair and major advisor), Michael Rogers, and Dr. Daniel Arthurs (Music Theory Coordinator and second advisor).


PhD student Benjamin Graf won first place at UNT's Graduate Student Exhibition, with his paper titled "The Significance of 'Structrual Motives' in Unraveling the Genius of Beethoven"

Master's Student Kája Lill’s paper won the Colvin Award for best student paper at the Texas Society for Music Theory annual conference at the University of Texas at El Paso on February 28, 2015.

Jeffrey Ensign (PhD), presented “The Sentence and SRDC in Recent Popular Songs”, at the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference held February 27-28 at the University of Texas–El Paso.

Yiyi Gao (MA), presented “The Interrelation Between a Pair of Lieder, Auf einer Burg and In der Fremde in Schumann's Song Cycle Liederkreis, Op. 39”, at the Fourth Graduate Student Theory Conference, held on January 25, 2015 at Mannes College of Music. 

Benjamin Graf (PhD) presented Beethoven’s Transcendent Voice-Leading” at the 15th Annual DNS International 18th Century Studies Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Benjamin Graf (PhD), presented “Beethoven’s Transcendent Voice-Leading”at the 15th Annual DNS International 18th Century Studies Conference (Sydney, Australia). Benjamin also presented “Before the Heroic E-flat: An Argument for Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7” at the 32nd Annual Florida State Music Theory Forum (Tallahasse, FL), and “Pardon the Interruption:Reconsidering Schenker’s Sonata Form Paradigms” at the 2015 Indiana University Music Research Symposium (Bloomington, IN). Benjamin placed 3rd in the Non-STEM category (Humanities, Education, Business and Social Sciences) at the Federation Research Symposium of North Texas Area Universities.  His analysis of select Beethoven pieces also won 1st Prize at UNT's Graduate Exhibition (Humanities category).

Karel Lill (MA) presented his paper “Organization in Krzysztof Penderecki's Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima: Rotation, Multiplication, and Contour” at the Florida State University Music Theory Forum on January 17, the Indiana University Annual Symposium of Research in Music on February 20, and at the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference held on February 27-28, at the University of Texas–El Paso. 

Jayson Smith (PhD) presented “‘Appraisal Responses’ to Surprising Events in Mozart’s Viennese Piano Concertos” at the Pacific Northwest Graduate Music Conference, February 21-22, 2015 in Vancouver; he also presented thi paper on February 27-28 in El Paso at the Texas Society for Music Theory, at Music Theory Southeast, March 27-28, and at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Yiyi Gao (MA) presented “The Interrelation Between a Pair of Lieder, Auf einer Burg and In der Fremde in Schumann's Song Cycle Liederkreis, Op. 39”, at the Fourth Graduate Student Theory Conference, held on January 25, 2015, at Mannes College of Music.

Jason Patterson (PhD) presented “Implied Structure: An In Medias Res ^3-line in Chopin's Prelude No. 2 in A Minor” at the Fourth Graduate Student Theory Conference, on January 25, 2015 at Mannes College of Music.

Michael Rogers (PhD) presented “Chord-scale Usage as Compositional Method in Jazz: Scalar Application Types in the Music of Thad Jones”, at Texas Society for Music Theory Conference, held on February 27-28, at the University of Texas–El Paso.

Faculty and Student News and Presentations - 2014

Benjamin Graf (ABD, Ph.D. in Music Theory and M.M. Trumpet Performance) will be presented his paper “Beethoven’s Transcendent Voice-leading” in Sydney, Australia on December 12 at the 15th Annual DNS Conference with the theme Ideas and Enlightenment in the “long” Eighteenth Century. His trip is supported by a Toulouse Travel Grant. Ben is a student of UNT Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Timothy Jackson.


 

Dr. Frank Heidlberger's critical edition of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Concert pieces for Clarinet, Bassett horn and piano op. 113 and 114 is complete and will be published at Henle music publisher (Munich) this fall.


 

Three music theory students were presented with Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Division Awards at the Division Honors Day Convocation on April 30, 2014:  Kaja Lill was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Theory Award; Daniel Grantham was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Music Theory Award; David Falterman was granted the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music Theory Award.


Congratulations to Professor Paul Dworak, who was recently named University Distinguished Teaching Professor!


On march 28 and 29, The Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology, the UNT Music Library, and GAMuT hosted a conference in honor of retiring professor Graham PhippsClick here for more details

 


Benjamin Dobbs (PhD candidate in music theory) presented "Competing Cosmologies: Christian and Neoplatonic Representations in Early Triadic Theory" at the Yale Graduate Music Symposium; New Haven, CT; March 1-2. He also presented "The Harmonic Chicken or the Contrapuntal Egg: Two Early-Seventeenth-Century Pedagogies for Triadic Composition" at the Texas Society for Music Theory; UT-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX; March 7-8 and Music Theory Southeast; Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL; March 21-22.


Ph.D. student Michael Rogers presented “Coloring outside the lines. Thad Jones’ use of altered chord tones” at the SMT South Central Conference, Oxford Mississippi, in March 2014.


Jeffrey Ensign (PhD candidate in music theory) presented "Hybrid Forms in EDM/Top 40 songs" at the Yale Graduate Music Symposium, March 1-2. Both Mr. Dobbs and Mr. Ensign are presenting at Yale, whose conference accepted only 12 papers, with others representing such universities/programs as Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Eastman, and Northwestern. UNT is the only university represented twice on this select conference program!

 

 


On Wednesday, February 5, music theory lecturer Justin Lavacekheld a lecture titled "Contrapuntal Ingenuity in the Motets of Machaut" at the UNT College of Music, as part of the MHTE Lecture Series.