Karpinski to give talk on Alanis Morissette song

April 3, 2005

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Professor Gary S. Karpinski will lead his audience through the many secrets in Alanis Morissette''s song “Your House” during his talk on Thursday, April 7 at 12:20 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

Karpinski’s talk, titled “The Medium and the Message: Alanis Morissette’s Hidden Song ‘Your House’ and the Structure of Concealment,” will discuss how the text, tonality and the structure of the CD represent various kinds of concealment. According to Karpinski, “Your House” was “hidden on Morissette’s 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill,” tucked at the end of an unlabeled track, after an uncredited reprise of an earlier track, following a minute of silence.

Karpinski, coordinator of theory for the Department of Music and Dance, came to the university in 1993 after being a faculty member at the University of Oregon School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and Temple University. He is the author of “Aural Skills Acquisition” (Oxford University Press). President of the New England Conference of Music Theorists, Karpinski is also a board member for music theory of the College Music Society and the Music Theory Society of New York State. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Temple University and a Ph.D. from City University of New York. Karpinski studied music theory with Carl Schachter, Leo Treitler, George Perle, Joel Lester, Charles Burkhart and Siegmund Levarie.

The talk is free and open to the public.