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Research in Music Series: Talks by Gary S. Karpinski & Jason Hooper
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 12:20-1:20pm Old Chapel Conference Room (1st floor)
Karpinski: A Cognitive Basis for Choosing a Solmization System
Hooper: Private Correspondence, Public Influence: Heinrich Schenker in Dialogue with August Halm
This paper focuses on the perception and cognition involved in music listening skills as essential criteria in selecting solmization systems. Drawing on the aural key-identification studies of Butler and Brown, and the model for music perception formalized in Karpinski (2000), it concludes that the first and most fundamental process listeners carry out while attending to the pitches of tonal music is tonic inference. In addition, a tonic is inferable without reference to a complete diatonic pitch collection. Melodies that are unambiguous with regard to their tonic might never employ all seven diatonic pitch classes, they might state those pitch classes only gradually, or they might even change the collection without changing the tonic. Nonetheless, listeners are able to infer tonics quickly and dynamically under any of the above conditions. This paper examines the means through which do-based minor moveable-do solmization most closely models this mental process.
Heinrich Schenker and August Halm maintained a lively correspondence. They debated sonata form, improvisation, and genius in music; argued over the aesthetic value of compositions by Brahms and Bruckner; and expressed profound disagreement regarding European politics after the Great War. This paper explores how Schenker's correspondence with Halm relates to his published writings from the mid-1920s, including essays in Das Meisterwerk in der Musik, vols. I and II (1925-26).
Suggested prior reading for Hooper's talk:
- Letter from Halm to Schenker dated February 1–6, 1924:
- Letter from Schenker to Halm dated April 3 and 4, 1924:
- Lee Rothfarb, “August Halm on Body and Spirit in Music,” 19th-Century Music 29 (2): 121–41.