Master Research Symposium for Teachers : Lecture by Prof. Nicole Biamonte

vr 23|06|17 10:00 uur

This year’s symposium will be special, since we invited the committee members to kick-off every symposium day with a lecture on their own research. The topics will be varying from Analytical methods in Popular Music till the relationship between the Galileo family and Lute repertoire in renaissance Italy. Join in, bring a coffee and start your day with the newest insights in musicology and music education from across the globe!

Friday 23 June, 10.00 hrs
Lecture by Nicole Biamonte (Schulich School of Music, McGill University)

Analytical Methodologies for Recorded Popular Music
Abstract: This paper comprises a survey of analytical approaches for several important domains of recorded popular music: texture, form, phrase structure, cadence, harmony, scale, meter and rhythm, and recording techniques. I present each of these approaches with commentary on their advantages and limitations, and some comparisons to analogous models developed for art music in the Western European tradition. Although my examples are drawn primarily from late 20th-century Anglophone pop-rock, I consider the applicability of these analytical models to other repertoires as well. I begin with a summary of the most salient commonalities and differences between art and popular music; although the syntaxes of many vernacular musics differ on the surface from those of art music, this is not the case with many deeper-level organizing principles, including the formal roles of textural layers, formal sections, and phrases; pitch centricity and hierarchy, and the relative consonance and dissonance of both pitch and rhythmic structures. I present analytical models for the basic roles of textural layers (melody, harmony, bass, and rhythm), categories of coordinated and stratified textures, the functions of formal sections and phrases, cadential strategies, harmonic and melodic structures outside of major-minor tonality (particularly pentatonic, modal, and fifth- and triad-doubled structures), metric and rhythmic consonance and dissonance, and aspects of the recorded space (stereo pan, dynamic level, and range). Finally, I will discuss some domains for which analytical methodologies have not yet been fully developed—timbre, vocal expression, and correlations with video and dance—and suggest directions for future research.

Locatie: Studio 1, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag



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