Fred Lerdahl to Give Three Lectures on the Schoff Memorial Lecture Series

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!

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Fred 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 DriveLectures 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.