Presented by the University Seminars & Columbia University Press, Fred Lerdahl (Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition) will give three lectures on the 26th Series of the Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures. Congratulations, Professor Lerdahl!
REFLECTIONS ON MUSIC AND LANGUAGE
Monday, 11.12.18, 8pm
I: The Sounds of Poetry Viewed as Music
Monday, 11.19.18, 8pm
II: Musical Syntax, Linguistic Syntax, and the Origins of Music
Monday, 11.26.18, 8pm
III: Tonal Space, Text Setting, and Musical Narrative
All lectures are held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive | Lectures are free and open to the public
Lecture I: The Sounds of Poetry Viewed as Music analyzes the sound structure of lines by Robert Frost and others to reveal in some detail shared prosodic features of music and language.
Lecture II: Musical Syntax, Linguistic Syntax, and the Origins of Music takes a larger view of shared and unshared features between the two capacities, using a Beatles song as illustration. These reflections point toward provisional conclusions about the origins of music.
Lecture III: Tonal Space, Text Setting, and Musical Narrative discusses features that belong to music but not to language, using a Schubert song as illustration. It then turns to the song’s text setting and narrative structure to uncover further connections between music and language.