The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Beau Bothwell, a recent alumnus of Columbia's PhD program in Musicology, who has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College, to begin in September 2014.
Beau Bothwell is currently Music Humanities Core Lecturer at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Music History at the Juilliard School. He completed his PhD in Musicology in 2013 at Columbia, with a dissertation entitled "Song, State, Sawa: Music and Political Radio between the US and Syria," advised by Prof. Ellie Hisama.
Dr. Bothwell has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, including gatherings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Society for American Music, and in invited lectures at Boston College, NYU's Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Harvard University. Dr. Bothwell recently contributed a chapter to the volume The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations, and is writing a book on popular music and transnational radio in Syria and Lebanon.
Announcing new and featured courses in Music for Spring 2014!
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V3127 Bach's Vocal Music
Instructor: Laura Weber
Call #: 67320, 3 pts
MW 6:10pm-7:25pm, 404 Dodge
This course will examine the vocal works of J.S. Bach and the historical, cultural, and liturgical contexts in which they were created. We will focus on sacred works through close engagement with a selection of cantatas, the St. Matthew Passion, and the B Minor Mass. Over the course of the semester, students will gain an understanding of their place within Bach's oeuvre; their role in Lutheran devotional practice, particularly in Leipzig; the musical innovations Bach brought to these genres; and his techniques for expressing the texts and enhancing the liturgical contexts in which they were performed.
V3310 Techniques of 20th Century Music
Instructor: Benjamin Steege
Call #: 27445, 3 pts
MW 8:40am-9:55am, 620 Dodge
Intensive analysis and interpretation of selected works from the past century, with emphasis on the historical contexts of compositional technique. Topics include scales, chords, sets, atonality, serialism, neoclassicism, and rhythm.
G4122 Songs of the Troubadours
Instructor: Susan Boynton
Call #: 78449, 4 pts
W 10:10am-12:00pm, 701A Dodge
This interdisciplinary seminar approaches the songs of the troubadours as poetic and musical traditions. Together we will develop methods for analysis and interpretation, situate the songs within literary and social history, and address broad issues such as the nature of performance, the interplay between orality and writing, the origins of troubadour poetry, fin'amor, and gender. Students will learn to analyze the poetic and musical structure of the songs and to transcribe and edit them from medieval manuscripts. Weekly assignments in Paden's Introduction to Old Occitan will familiarize students with the language of the texts; one hour a week will be devoted to going over texts in the original language using Paden's book. Individually designed paper assignments will take students' backgrounds into account;; students from all departments are welcome.
G6205 Billie Holiday: The Origins of a Style
Instructor: John Szwed
Call #: 12904, 3 pts,
R 4:10pm-6:00pm, 701A Dodge
This seminar will introduce students to the life and music of Billie Holiday. Because Holiday's style and repertoire drew on many sources and shifted radically several times throughout her life, attention will be paid to her sources among women singers in European, American, and African-American cabaret, Broadway musical theater, African American folk music, and Tin Pan Alley popular music. The nature of song itself will be considered, especially in terms of its social functions and how singers and audiences understand sung performances. We will also examine Holiday's autobiography, as well as films and documentaries of her life. Prerequisites: A Course in Jazz Studies or the equivalent.
New Currents in Hip-Hop Studies: Theory and Analysis
Instructor: Ellie Hisama
Call #: 72547, 3 pts
R 2:10pm-4:00pm, 701A Dodge
This seminar examines hip hop from a music-theoretical perspective, focusing on close readings of music analyzed alongside recent scholarly workonhip-hop. We will explore some of the key texts that have presented theoretical and analytical work on hiphop music, and students will prepare their own listening-based analyses of selected works throughout the term, culminating with a final presentation and paper. Throughout the course, we will track key words in hip hop studies such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, politics, society, class, representation, and diaspora, focusing on recordings, performances, videos, and films. Readings will help to locate music, artists, and genres within their various contexts, which in tum will assist us in our analysis of specific works. The enrollment is open to graduate students only.
G8111 HM-20th Cent.: American Popular Song of the "Golden" Age, 1900-1960
Instructor: Walter Frisch
Call #: 10089, 3 pts
T 2:10pm-4:00pm, 701A Dodge
We will look at American popular song from the early Tin Pan Alley era into the age of recording, radio and television broadcast, Broadway, and Hollywood. Composers will include renowned figures like Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Arlen, Porter, and Rodgers. Emphasis will be on both historical and cultural contexts and on musical/ analytical methodologies.
Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2014 (March 8, 2014)
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Call for Abstracts on the theme: Music and Memory (ABSTRACT DEADLINE DEC. 15, 2013)
The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our tenth annual meeting on March 8, 2014 at Columbia University in New York. The theme of the 2014 meeting will be Music and Memory.
Burgeoning interdisciplinary inquiry on memory is enabling scholars to develop new perspectives in a diverse array of fields ranging from history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, archeology, cultural studies, and media studies, to philosophy, political science, theology, education, psychology, and the cognitive sciences. This conference will add to this growing interdisciplinary conversation about memory in the sciences, arts, and humanities, stimulating a dialogue both on the role of memory in music studies and on the place of music in studies of memory. We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.
NEW YORK, October 17, 2013 - Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the collection of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Serge Prokofiev Foundation has chosen the RBML as the repository for the archival material under its control from Prokofiev's 18 years in the West.
The Foundation was established in 1983 by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow, to enrich public awareness of Prokofiev's life and work and to encourage research. (The organization uses a variant spelling of the composer's first name). After her death in 1989 at age 91, and the death of her sons Sviatoslav and Oleg, the work of the Foundation has been carried on by their descendants.
The collection includes Prokofiev's private and business papers from 1919 through May 1936, after which he returned to the Soviet Union with his family. Correspondents include conductors such as Sir Henry Wood and Sergei Koussevitzky; soloists such as Joseph Szigeti and Pablo Casals; composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel; and chess grandmaster Jose Capablanca.
The Music Department of Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Historical Musicology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014. Although the Department has instructional needs in opera, it is seeking the best possible candidate in any period or area of specialization. The responsibilities comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching, including participation in Columbia's Core Curriculum; research and publication; and departmental service.
All continuing appointments begin with a one-year contract, for which renewal is anticipated.
Doctorate must be in hand at the time of the appointment.
Review of applications begins November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled
Russell O'Rourke entered the historical musicology PhD program in 2013. His interests include eighteenth-century European music, the history of music theory, and medieval literature. He earned a B.A. in Music and a Certificate in German from Princeton University, graduating in 2011. He is an active violist and composer.
Br. John joined the PhD in Historical Musicology at Columbia in 2013 with an interest in chant and liturgy, particularly of the Middle Ages. He completed his B.A. and B.M. in music from DePaul University and M.A. in medieval studies from Fordham University with a thesis entitled "Neumes of Genres and the Genres of Singers: The Earliest Irish Notation from the Drummond Missal."
Marilyn L. McCoy completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled "Gustav Mahler's Path to the New Music: Musical Time and Modernism." She has served on the music faculties of Clark University, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Brandeis University, MIT, and the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her appointment as endowed pre-concert lecturer for the MahlerFest in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. McCoy has spoken at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and the 2002 Bard Music Festival "Mahler and His World." Though primarily a "Mahler scholar," she served as assistant archivist at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles for the last three years of its existence (1995-98). She is presently at work on a translation of the correspondence between Alma Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg.
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University Presents
A book talk by author Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
(Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
"The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs"
The presentation "The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs" will comprise a reading by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. from his new book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop.
The reading will be followed by a discussion of jazz, Afro-modernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell. Joining him for the discussion will Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Kellie Jones, Columbia University.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 4pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext., IRWGS Seminar Room
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and open to the public
For more information about this event please contact IRAAS@columbia.edu or call 212-854-7080
Please join us as well for these upcoming CENTER FOR JAZZ STUDIES events
Amiri Baraka's Blues People at Fifty: A conversation with William Harris, Robert O'Meally and John Szwed