2017 Graduate Workshop

Graduate Student Workshop: Analysis of the Music of Franz Schubert

University of Memphis

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Jeffrey Perry (Lousiana State University)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) has seldom been out of the scholarly eye. His Lieder have been recognized almost since their composition as notable examples of Romantic subjectivity; the rediscovery of his instrumental works in the second half of the 20th century placed him at the center of discourses on tonal form, chromatic harmony, hermeneutics, and semiotics; and more recent inquiries into gender and disability have drawn on Schubert’s life and music to expand our understanding of the relationship of the musical works to his milieu. This workshop will approach select Lieder of Schubert analytically and synthetically. Starting with more basic analyses of their tonal and motivic structures, we will branch out to explore some of the many analytical strategies that recent theorists have employed: “problem note” hermeneutics (Cone), semiotics and gestural theory (Hatten), embodiment/disability analysis (Howe), and Greimassian semiotics, expressive genres, and Schenkerian analysis (Suurpää). The goal of the workshop is to equip students with a wide-ranging toolkit that they can adapt to the needs of their own research, teaching, and musical enjoyment.

All full-time students in graduate programs in music are eligible to apply. There is no fee to participate, but participants are responsible for the cost of membership and conference registration to SCSMT. Participants are selected by a random draw from the pool of applicants.

Applications should consist of two attached documents in MS Word or pdf format:

  1. a letter that addresses the applicant’s current research interests, professional goals, and interest in the workshop;
  2. a letter of support from a faculty member that addresses the applicant’s eligibility for the workshop.

Applications should be sent to douglas.rust@usm.edu. Please put “GSW SCSMT 2017” in the subject heading. Confirmation of applications will be made upon their receipt.

Applications are due by Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.