Season 1 (Spring 2022)

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1.1 - Buxtehude Beats Bach? Qualifying a Canonic Claim

Scott Murphy (University of Kansas)

Release Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
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Music Credits:
SMT-Pod Theme music by Zhangcheng Lu;
Closing music "hnna" by David Voss.
Other original compositions by Anthony Esland, Jamie Allen, and Liam Hynes-Tawa.

Bio: Scott Murphy is a professor of music theory at the University of Kansas, where he has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level music theory for twenty years. He has received both the Emerging Scholar Award and the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award from the Society for Music Theory, both for publications on the music of Brahms. Beyond Brahms, the subjects of his publications range from melodic expectation in the music of Penderecki to stretto in the music of J.S. Bach and Clara Schumann, and particularly include music for mainstream films and television programs of the past half century, about which he has written many essays for journals and books.

Keywords: Bach, Buxtehude, canon, historiography, firsts

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1.2 - Musicking While Old: Old Age as Culture (1/5)

Joseph Straus (CUNY)

Release Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
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Music Credits:
SMT-Pod Theme music by Zhangcheng Lu;
Closing music "hnna" by David Voss.
Other performances by Han Chen.

This is the first episode of a five-part series that will be released throughout Season 1.

Bio: Joseph Straus is Distinguished Professor of Music Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has written numerous articles and scholarly monographs on a variety of topics in modernist music. He has also written a series of articles and books that engage disability as a cultural practice, most recently Broken Beauty: Musical Modernism and the Representation of Disability (Oxford University Press 2018), which received the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory. He was President of SMT from 1997–99.

Keywords: Old age, age studies, old characters, old composers, old performers, old listeners

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1.3 - The Teardrop Chord: Analyzing the Enigmatic Minor IV Chord in Pop and Film Music

John Baxter (Frost School of Music - University of Miami)

Release Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
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Music Credits:
SMT-Pod Theme music by Zhangcheng Lu;
Closing music "hnna" by David Voss.

Bio: A young composer whose compositional work has been described as “a great spiritual experience,” John Baxter explores the tense and mercurial chasm between musician and listener. After his time as an undergrad at Yale University, John pursued a Masters degree in Theory and Composition at NYU. He is currently a DMA candidate in composition at the Frost School of Music (ABD), studying with Dr. Lansing McLoskey. In addition to composition, John is also an active conductor of orchestras and choirs, studying with Maestro Gerard Schwarz. Current projects include compositions for the Richmond Pops Band, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Apply Triangle, and a cello concerto for cellist Qianci Liu. His string orchestra piece "The Color of Rain" was recently named a semi-finalist in the O/Modernt International Composition Competition as well as the Schnittke International Composition Competition. John was also recently named the winner of The American Prize in orchestral composition (pops/student division). John strives to stay an active member of the new music community, exploring the pathos of the late romantic period through the paradigm of innovative modernist techniques and complexity.

Keywords: Harmony, film music, pop music, storytelling, modal mixture

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1.4 - Musicking While Old: Old Age + Opera (2/5)

Joseph Straus (CUNY)

Release Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Music Credits:
SMT-Pod Theme music by Zhangcheng Lu;
Closing music "hnna" by David Voss.

This is the second episode of a five-part series that will be released throughout Season 1.

See author information and supplemental materials for the first episode of the series.

Keywords: Old age, opera, old characters

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1.5 - Sonic Identity, Imitation, and Critical Listening in Popular Music

Matt Ferrandino (Ottawa University)

Release Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
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Music Credits:
SMT-Pod Theme music by Zhangcheng Lu;
Closing music "hnna" by David Voss.

Bio: Matthew Ferrandino is currently a part-time lecturer at Ottawa University (in Ottawa, KS) where he teaches courses in music theory and popular music. Matthew holds a PhD in music theory from the University of Kansas where he completed his dissertation A Narratology of Music Video in 2021. His research focuses on the analysis of popular music and has been published in Music Theory Online, SMT-V, and Intégral.

Keywords: Popular music, listening, timbre, culture, sound studies

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1.6 - The Inside of the Tune: Analyzing the Bridge in Pop

Elizabeth Newton & Franklin Bruno

Release Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

1.7 - Is Key Real?

Chris Doll

Release Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
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1.8 - Musicking While Old: Old Composers (3/5)

Joseph Straus (CUNY)

Release Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

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Keywords: Old age, age studies, old characters, old composers, old performers, old listeners

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1.9 - Facilitating Musical Discussions on Reddit: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Nate Mitchell, Sarah A. Gilbert, Timothy Byron, & Justice Srisuk

Release Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
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1.10 - Women composers in fin-de-siècle Paris: Augusta Holmès, Cécile Chaminade, and Jane Vieu

Lucia Pasini

Release Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
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1.11 - Untangling and Complicating Generic Boundaries in Post(-Millenial) Punk

Tyler Howie & Matt Chiu

Release Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
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1.12 - Dialogic and Tropological Processes in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène

Nicholas Hunter

Release Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022
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1.13 - Old Age and Music: Old Performers (4/5)

Joseph Straus (CUNY)

Release Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Keywords: Old age, age studies, old characters, old composers, old performers, old listeners

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1.14 - Misogyny in 19th Century Lieder

Kim Soby with Elizabeth Austin

Release Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
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1.15 - Making Orchestras Speak/Making Machines Listen

Landon Morrison

Release Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
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1.16 - Journeys Through Middleground: Holding Space Between Academic Analysis and YouTube Entertainment

Jennifer Campbell

Release Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
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1.17 - Old Age and Music: Old Listeners (5/5)

Joseph Straus (CUNY)

Release Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

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Keywords: Old age, age studies, old characters, old composers, old performers, old listeners

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