Friday, April 4 1:25-2:15pm Fine Arts Center Room 44
MUSIC THEORY SPEAKERS' SERIES
Andrew Davis, UMass alum MM'98 University of Houston Professor of Music Theory
Rhetoric and Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century Sonata
Theoretical explanation will accompany a practical analysis and demonstration, including performances of music of Brahms, Chopin, Mozart & Haydn. Davis' research is grounded in literary criticism, specifically in the fields known as structural narratology and rhetorical narrative theory. The approach has implications for understanding how 19th century music engages with the aesthetics of 19th century literary Romanticism, and it has implications for how we might interpret the more idiosyncratic features of some 18th century sonatas.