Richard Randall, professor of Music Theory in the Department of Music and Dance, will give a lecture titled “Comparing Tonal Models” on Thursday, April 14 at 12:20 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. The lecture was originally scheduled for March 3.
Randall’s lecture will explore the long-standing search for compelling graphical representations of tonality and its constituent harmonic relations. Randall’s work gets behind the two accepted methods used to code the distance between two arbitrary chords in order to compare the essential information each model represents. His focused comparison proposes new models that compensate for any perceived shortcomings.
Randall, who came to the university in 2003, holds an undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from Queens College of the City University in New York. He is completing a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. He studied with Robert Morris, Joseph Straus, Carl Schachter, David Gagne, and Leo Treitler, and has presented papers at conferences for the Society for Music Theory, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.
The lecture is free and open to the public.