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Fulbright Lecture: Lawrence Zbikowski: Music, gesture, and musical grammar

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When Jan 13, 2011
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where C-209, Clara Lichtenstein Hall, Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West.
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There has been a wealth of recent work on music and gesture, building on recent advances in technologies for capturing motion and on theoretical perspectives that place a greater emphasis on the role of the body in human cognitive processes. In this presentation Dr Zbikowski will consider what relationships between music and gesture might tell us about some of the basic features of musical organization. 



Lawrence M. Zbikowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the application of recent work in cognitive science to various problems confronted by music scholars, including the nature of musical syntax, text-music relations, the relationship between music and movement, and the structure of theories of music. He is the author of Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis (Oxford, 2002). He recently contributed chapters to The Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought (Cambridge, 2008), Communication in Eighteenth Century Music (Cambridge, 2008), New Perspectives on Music and Gesture (Ashgate, forthcoming), and Music and Consciousness (Oxford, forthcoming), as well as reviews and articles to Music Humana, Musicæ Scientiæ, and Music Analysis. In 2003-2004 he was a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where his project concerned the development of a cognitive grammar of music; during the 2010-11 academic year he is bringing this work to completion with a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and through a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at McGill University, where he will be in residence during the first part of 2011. In early April of 2011 he will be Muziektheoreticus in residentie for the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, The Orpheus Institute Ghent, The Universities of Leuven and Amsterdam, and the Conservatory of Amsterdam.


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APA video citation:

Zbikowski, L. (2014, July 15). Music, gesture, and musical grammar -
CIRMMT Seminar Series. [Video file].
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