Music Colloquium Series: Anna Gawboy
|When||May 15, 2015 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM |
|Where||Fulton Hall |
|Contact Information||Music Department |
|Description||"Color and musical language in Scriabin and Schoenberg" |
Alexander Scriabin and Arnold Schoenberg separately experimented with color music during the years 1908-1913, a time when both composers were developing radical new approaches to tonal organization. Schoenberg’s Die glückliche Hand and Scriabin’s Prométhée, le poème du feu included written parts for colored lights in order to precisely coordinate color with music and drama. These works were individual responses to a modernist vision of Gesamtkunstwerk in which artistic fusion depended upon the ‘musicalization’ of all elements. Musicalization often resulted in a heightened abstraction of visual design and narrative, enabling “philosophy and religion [to be] perceived with the artistic senses,” as Schoenberg described it. Scriabin and Schoenberg’s innovation was to apply the ideal of total musicalization not just to color and design but also to music itself.
Anna Gawboy is assistant professor of music theory at The Ohio State University. Her research explores the intersection of music theory, cultural history, and musical performance. In 2010, she collaborated with the Yale Symphony Orchestra and lighting designer Justin Townsend to produce a new staging of Alexander Scriabin's Prometheus: Poem of Fire based on her extensive research regarding the interaction of music and lighting. She has produced other lighted performances of Prometheus for the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the Utah State Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Gawboy’s articles and essays have appeared in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, The Papers of the International Concertina Association, and the e-book Engaging Students. She has presented her work at a variety of venues including Music Theory Midwest, New England Conference of Music Theorists, Society for Music Theory, Association for Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies, and the American Musicological Association. In 2013, she was invited to deliver the final keynote address at Enchanted Modernities in Amsterdam, NL, an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring the relationship between Theosophy and the arts in early 20th century culture.
Reception to follow.
|Categories||Conferences/Lectures, Free Food, Discussions, Lectures, Readings, Arts, Diversity, Staff, Graduate Students |
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