Edward Gollin, Professor of Music, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, will give a presentation entitled "Metrical Transformation in the Music of Steve Reich and Others" for the Hartt Music Theory Forum on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the KF Room in Mortensen Libraryat the University of Hartford.
Edward Gollin received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and completed his dissertation with David Lewin. He received an M.A. in music theory from Queens College, CUNY, and a B.A. from M.I.T. His research interests include transformational music theory, mathematical models of theory and analysis, historical music theories, and the music of Béla Bartók. He has published in numerous journals and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories published by Oxford University Press. He currently serves as president of the New England Conference of Music Theorists.
Edward Gollin's presentation will explore a variety of factors that create metrical multiplicity or fluidity in the early phase shifting music of Steve Reich. In particular, the presentation will examine the ways in which a music-transformational perspective can capture aspects of the complex metrical phenomena those works can suggest to the mind of the performer or listener. Using the analogy of intervals among tonal scale degrees, the transformational model tries to capture qualitative aspects of metric percerpts in Reich’s music, namely that individual events in patterned cyclical time can assume subjective meanings such as “strong,” or “weak,” or “downbeat,” relative the objective position of those events in clock time, and that those subjective meanings can and do change over the course of a work or passage. The presentation will then consider how those intervals can become tools for greater aural awareness of unusual metrical phenomena in other temporally cyclic repertoires, such as rock and popular music.
Professor Gollin'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.