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Music Research Seminar - 'Reinventing Question Time' and 'Byzantine Music in Hollywood'




5pm to 7pm

Series: Music Research Seminars

Miguel Mera: 'Reinventing Question Time'

Since it was first broadcast on 25 September 1979 'Question Time' has become something of a national institution, offering British voters a unique opportunity to challenge leading politicians on the events of the day. The title music, composed by Stanley Myers (1930-1993), has been updated on several occasions, with recent incarnations by Matthew Strachan and Mcasso Music. Whilst all revisions remain faithful to Myers' central thematic material - a recurrent semi-quaver motive - none of the arrangers had access to the original score and relied on aural transcription to generate their own versions. The mutation of the music charts the prioritized listening of each arranger, the changing programme brand, and the evolution of television scoring practice over the last thirty years. In addition it reflects societal change and parallels the shifting British political spectrum, from the Capitalist Thatcherite government of the 1980s to the centre-left New Labour government of the late 1990s onwards. Using Myers' original score and archive examples of different versions of the adapted theme this presentation will demonstrate how thirty seconds of music can act as a rich repository of cultural, social, technological, and political meaning.

Alexander Lingas: ‘Byzantine Music in Hollywood: The Music of Frank Desby’

This paper will offer a critical introduction to the life and work of Frank Desby (1922–92), undoubtedly the most influential Greek-American church musician of the 20th century. Taking as his starting point the Westernising reforms of the Athenian cantor John Th. Sakellarides (c. 1853–1938) and the Gregorianising views of medieval Byzantine chant promoted by musicologists H.J.W. Tillyard and Egon Wellesz, Desby taught, transcribed and recorded the received repertory of Greek chant in a manner that strongly de-emphasised audible ties to what was commonly perceived as the undesirable (Turkish) Orient.

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12.00am - 12.00amWednesday 3rd February 2010