Music Theory and Music Cognition: A conference in honor of Fred Lerdahl

Friday, March 23, 2018  9:00am Maison Française (Buell Hall)

Fred Lerdahl's thought has exercised a widespread influence on music theory and music cognition as well as informing the analysis of music in the tonal repertoire and beyond. This conference, organized in his honor by the Department of Music at Columbia University, will present recent work based on and related to the theoretical work of Fred Lerdahl as well as its applicability to various areas of research and musical practice.

9:00 Welcome: Robert Remez​

Session 1 (Chair: Robert Remez)

9:15-10:00 Ray Jackendoff: Some Things Fred and I Didn't Do

10:00-10:45: Carol Krumhansl: Modeling the Dynamics of Musical Tension

10:45-11:15 Pause

11:15-12:00 Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis: Music and the Implicit

Session 2 (Chair: Marilyn Nonken)

2:00-2:45 David Temperley: Generating Music with Tonal Theory

2:45-3:15: Joshua Banks Mailman: The LerDial: a Dynamic Practical-Tactile-Visual-Pedagogical Model of Lerdahl’s Tonal Chord Distance Measure

3:15-3:45: Anthony Fort: From "Complicated" to "Complex": Re-Hearing the Opening of Milton Babbitt's Post-Partitions

3:45-4 Pause

Session 3 (Chair: Morwaread Mary Farbood)

4-4:30: Joshua Cody: Tonality as a Psychological Condition: Lerdahl, Ligeti, and Trauma

4:30-5: William Dougherty: Giacinto Scelsi’s Anahit: A Cognitive Approach to Analysis

5-6: Panel discussion moderated by Morwaread Mary Farbood


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    Ray Jackendoff

    Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy; Emeritus Co-director, Center for Cognitive Studies

    Tufts University

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    Carol Krumhansl

    Professor of Psychology

    Cornell University

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    Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

    Author; Director of Music Cognition Lab

    University of Arkansas

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    David Temperley

    Professor of Music Theory

    Eastman School of Music

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    Robert Remez​

    Professor of Psychology

    Barnard College

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    Marilyn Nonken

    Director Piano Studies, Associate Professor Music and the PerformingArts Professions

    New York University

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    Joshua Banks Mailman

    Adjunct Faculty, Department of Music

    Columbia University

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    Anthony Fort

    PhD Student in Music Theory

    Columbia University

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    Morwaread Mary Farbood

    Associate Professor, Music Technology

    New York University

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    Joshua Cody

    Author, composer and filmmaker

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    William Dougherty

    DMA Student in Composition

    Columbia University


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