AMSGNY Meetings


Spring 2017 Meeting CFP

The Spring AMSGNY meeting will take place on Saturday, April 29th at the new AMS office at NYU - 194 Mercer Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10012-1502. The theme for the meeting is “Music and Philosophy.” We invite proposals on any interpretation of this topic. Send abstracts of no more than 250 words to both DrJSDailey “at” aol.com and jonathan.waxman “at” gmail.com by March 26th. Please put “AMSGNY Music and Philosophy” in the subject line. Send your abstract as text in the body of the e-mail, do not include attachments. Please include your name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number.

Winter 2017 Meeting Schedule

The winter meeting of The Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society will take place on January 28, 2017 at Columbia University.

It will be held in room 622 Dodge, which is where we have met in past gatherings at Columbia.  

You will need to enter from College Walk, up the steps, to the left, into the main door of Dodge, which is actually on the third floor above campus level.  A map of the campus is here: http://www.columbia.edu/files/columbia/content/morningsidemap_2015aug.pdf

Session I--Sources
12:00PM-1:30PM
Beethoven’s Footsteps and Max Kalbeck’s Brahms Biography
Styra Avins (Independent Scholar)

The Early History of Modal Rhythm: What Theory Tells us about Practice
Solomon Guhl-Miller (Rutgers University)

Lutheran Hymnody in Eighteenth-Century Vienna: Orthodox Meets “Politically-Correct”
Jane Schatkin Hettrick (Rider University)

Panel Discussion: Leadership in Music
1:45PM-2:45PM
Panelists:  Jeff Dailey (Five Towns College), Lawrence Ferrara (New York University), Robert Judd (American Musicological Society), Elaine Sisman (Columbia University)

Session 2--Reassessing Music
3PM-5PM
Haydn’s Keyboard Sonatas as a Tool for Traditionalist Ideology: A Nineteenth-Century Reappraisal
Jacob Friedman (Princeton University)

Rethinking Gustav Holst’s A Moorside Suite (1928): The First Brass Band Symphony?
Stephen Allen (Rider University)

Berlin, 1945: Towards a Ruin Aesthetic in Music
Abby Anderton (Baruch College)

The Self-Actualization of John Adams
John Kapusta (Colgate University)

Winter 2017 Meeting - Abstracts

Beethoven’s Footsteps and Max Kalbeck’s Brahms Biography
Styra Avins (Independent Scholar)

‘I’ll never write a symphony, you have no conception of how it makes the likes of one of us feel when he continually hears such a giant [Beethoven] tramping behind him”  This is Brahms, as quoted by his influential biographer Max Kalbeck.  Every person who has ever read anything about Brahms and the writing of his First Symphony has read this sentence, because everyone who has ever written about the genesis of Brahms’s 1st Symphony quotes it.  But did Brahms ever say it?

The Early History of Modal Rhythm: What Theory Tells us about Practice
Solomon Guhl-Miller (Rutgers University)

One of the first questions a student of Ars Antiqua polyphony asks upon attempting to decipher the notation of a piece of music is “What mode is this in?”  However, this question presents challenges as the notation frequently permits multiple interpretations of the same set of ligatures.  The assumption has been that it is a flaw in the notation that permits these interpretations, but this paper explores an alternative possibility: the notation was opaque to give performers agency to choose which of the options they would like to perform.  We shall examine this hypothesis, and what it may mean for future editions of Notre Dame polyphony, particularly the early motet.

Lutheran Hymnody in Eighteenth-Century Vienna: Orthodox Meets “Politically-Correct”
Jane Schatkin Hettrick (Rider University)

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation—the beginning of Lutheranism. In Austria,  Lutherans only became “legal” in 1780, when Joseph II granted religious freedom to some non-Catholics. The first Lutheran Church in Vienna was founded in 1781, and the first official Lutheran hymnal in Austria was published in 1783. This hymnal did not meet with universal approval, however, and ultimately it caused decades of strife in Austrian congregations. This paper will consider the questions: what was wrong with the new hymnal, and why did so many faithful Lutherans reject it? It will also tell the story of its publisher, G. P. Wucherer, who came to a bad end.

Haydn’s Keyboard Sonatas as a Tool for Traditionalist Ideology: A Nineteenth-Century Reappraisal
Jacob Friedman (Princeton University)

Joseph Haydn’s stock famously fell in the nineteenth century. Less famous are attempts from this time to reevaluate Haydn’s image and restore him as a respected and relevant master of the canon. One striking example of this rehabilitation is an 1858 essay by the traditionalist critic Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl entitled “Haydn’s Sonaten.” The essay is one of the most remarkable reflections on Haydn from the nineteenth century: it not only represents what is possibly the earliest attempt to study Haydn reception, it is also a unique reappraisal of his rarely-discussed keyboard sonatas, which had fallen into obscurity since his death. In examining Riehl’s writings we learn how he used this exceptionally neglected output to further his controversial aesthetic and political goals. Doing so puts a spotlight on a historically ignored body of work, illuminating its fortunes over the course of the nineteenth century.

Rethinking Gustav Holst’s A Moorside Suite (1928): The First Brass Band Symphony?
Stephen Allen (Rider University)

Gustav's Holst's 'A Moorside Suite' represents an extraordinary experiment in musical form, employed by Holst to specifically provide brass bands with high quality. What has escaped attention until now, however, is the degree and depth of these forms, re-imagining what an English symphony for a British ensemble might be. This paper reveals these innovations for the first time.

“Berlin, 1945: Towards a Ruin Aesthetic in Music”
Abby Anderton (Baruch College)

By the end of World War II, the Allied Air War had decimated Germany’s cities, and Berlin’s physical devastation had inspired artists to find new modes of coherence.  This paper hears Berlin’s destruction in the postwar scores of its musicians, as Max Butting, Eberhard Schmidt, and Heinz Tiessen overwhelmingly composed Lieder in the vein of the nineteenth-century German romantics.  To depict their diverse wartime experiences in air raid shelters, bunkers, and concentration camps, Berlin’s composers engaged with the continuities and ruptures of 1945 by romanticizing the rubble landscape of aerial warfare.

The Self-Actualization of John Adams
John Kapusta (Colgate University)

Though John Adams is widely known for his “powerful fusion of post-minimalist process, the post-Romantic symphony, and . . . postmodern operatic pastiche” (Fink), few have examined the cultural origins of Adams’s idiosyncratic minimalist aesthetic. This paper situates Adams’s musical output and critical reception in the 1970s and 80s within what I call the culture of “self-actualization”: the influential contemporary idea that one’s truest, most creative self was to be discovered in the throes of vigorous psychosomatic activity—everything from yoga to tennis and sex and, beginning in the late 1960s, music-making.

Winter 2017 Meeting Announcement

The Winter 2017 meeting of the AMS-GNY will take place at Columbia University, Dodge Hall 6th Floor, on Saturday, January 28th from 12PM-5PM.

In addition to a variety of papers, this meeting will feature the initial installment on a series of discussions on leadership in music. The schedule of the meeting is as follows:

12PM-1:30PM: Sources

1:45PM-2:45PM: Panel Discussion: Leadership in Music

3PM-5PM: Reassessing Music




© 2008 American Musicological Society of Greater New York
Blogger Templates by GeckoandFly | Blog customization by Jeff C. Li and Philip D. Reid.
Image © 2008 mawel. Used under Creative Commons license.
No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.