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Robert Gjerdingen: Gjerdingen reviews Gjerdingen

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Robert Gjerdingen presents a talk on his research followed by a public lecture on CIRMMT and the Digital Humanities.

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When May 20, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:45 PM
Where A-832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West.
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This talk will run from 3:30-4:30pm and be followed by another public lecture by Robert Gjerdingen on CIRMMT and the Digital Humanities from 4:45-5:45pm.


Robert Gjerdingen reviews three decades of his publications spanning such diverse fields as ethnomusicology, signal processing, music history, genre categorization, music theory, and music education. A common thread seems to be a fascination with instance or exemplar models. One can also detect an iconoclastic streak.



Gjerdingen was trained at the Univ. of Pennsylvania under Eugene Narmour (music theory), Leonard Meyer (music psychology), and Eugene Wolf (18th century music). He has taught at Carleton College, Harvard, Michigan (Ann Arbor), Stony Brook (SUNY), and Northwestern. He is a former Editor of Music Perception, and his 2007 book Music in the Galant Style won the book award of the Society for Music Theory. During the first Dot-Com boom he was Vice-President for Music Taxonomy for Moodlogic, Inc. (the firm that did NOT get the iTunes contract).

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