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Oct

17

Wednesday

Music Research Seminar: Troubles with tonal terminology and notations of form in popular music

5.30pm

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Speaker: Professor Philip Tagg (University of Huddersfield)

Troubles with tonal terminology and notations of form in popular music

LOCATION: Room AG09, College Building, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB, UK

Central terms in music theory based on the euroclassical repertoire are highly problematic when dealing with the structures and functions of popular music. "Tonal", "atonal", "tonality", "modal",  "modality", "dominant", "subdominant", not to mention the "perfect" and "interrupted" cadence, are just a few of the terms that make nonsense of much of the music that became globally popular during the twentieth century. "Form" causes another critical set of problems since its sense is conventionally restricted to episodic aspects of diachronic arrangement and is rarely, if ever, applied to the synchronic arrangement of sound inside the limits of the extended present.

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5.30pm - 7.30pmWednesday 17th October 2012

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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Department of Music

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College Building
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7040 8284

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