James Hepokoski, professor and chair of music, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., will give a presentation entitled "A Melancholic C Major: The Andante Cantabile of Mozart's String Quartet in G, K. 387" for the 2017 Hartt Music Theory Forum on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the KF Room in Mortensen Library at the University of Hartford.
Bridging the professional domains of music history and music theory, James Hepokoski is a specialist in symphonic and chamber music in the late‑18th, 19th, and early-20th centuries, as well as in current research methodologies and hermeneutics. He received a PhD in musicology from Harvard University in 1979. After teaching at the Oberlin College Conservatory from 1978-88, and the University of Minnesota School of Music from 1988-99, he joined the Yale faculty in 1999. At Yale, he teaches a variety of music courses, ranging from two semesters of a survey of European music history (1600 to the present), to graduate and undergraduate seminars on the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Mahler, and many other composers and styles. He has also lectured and published widely on Italian opera and was the co‑editor of 19th‑Century Music from 1992 to 2006.
Hepokoski is the author or co‑author of seven books and has written several dozen articles on a broad range of musical topics. His book from 2006, co‑authored with Warren Darcy, Elements of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late‑Eighteenth‑Century Sonata, won the 2008 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory. This was followed in 2009 by a joint dialogue with William Caplin and James Webster entitled Form, Forms, & Formenlehre: Three Methodological Reflections (University of Leuven Press) and a collection of 15 of his musicological essays from 1984 to 2008, Music, Structure, Thought (Ashgate). More recently he has published essays on Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, on the concept of “Program Music,” on “Sonata Theory, Secondary Themes, and Continuous Expositions,” and on the textual variants in Cole Porter’s song, “Anything Goes.” He is currently writing a new, updated book on sonata analysis, A Sonata Theory Handbook.
Professor Hepokoski's presentation is being sponsored by the Music Theory Program of The Hartt School, University of Hartford. The Hartt Music Theory Forum was established in 1988 and has continuously brought on an annual basis distinguished musical scholars of national and international renown to the University to share their research and ideas with students, faculty, and the general public.