Rebecca Perry, Ph.D. candidate in music history, Yale University, will give a presentation entitled "Functional Displacement in Prokofiev's Sonata-'Rondo' Finales" for the Hartt Music Theory Colloquium on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., in room 21 at The Hartt School. Her presentation is open to students and faculty of the University.
Sergei Prokofiev’s (1891-1953) alleged neoclassicism is tethered closely to his appropriations of eighteenth-century Viennese styles and forms. His classically-inspired sonata forms in particular are often deemed to be mechanical and perfunctory, following "stereotyped formal pattern[s] straight out of the textbook" or “adhering to ‘sonata form’ as if it were a train schedule." Such caricatured views of Prokofiev's formal syntax, however, ignore many thematic unorthodoxies that prove to complicate seemingly traditional structures. This presentation will probe the structural effects of one such thematic idiosyncrasy, namely Prokofiev's strategy of functionally repurposing thematic material within his sonata and sonata-rondo forms. This “functional displacement” will be shown to wreak structural havoc by obscuring putatively straightforward formal boundaries and raising questions regarding the traditional functional identity of large sections of the sonata form.
Perry has published in Music Theory & Analysis and has presented at annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, New England Conference of Music Theorists, and Music Theory Midwest. This fall she will begin as an assistant professor of music theory at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.
Perry's presentation is being sponsored by the music theory program of The Hartt School, and is a part of the Hartt Music Theory Colloquium which is a platform for undergraduate and graduate music theory majors and minors to present their analytical work and for visiting scholars to share their research and ideas with students and faculty of The Hartt School and the University of Hartford.
Rebecca Perry -- Hartt Music Theory Colloquium