Seventh International Conference on Music Theory, Tallinn-Pärnu (Estonia)
Musical Form: Mapping the Territories

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia) and Estonian Arnold Schoenberg Society are jointly organizing the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory, which will be held in Tallinn and Pärnu (Estonia) from 8-11 January 2014.

The main theme of the conference is musical form. A number of divergent approaches have been developed or adapted to address this complex issue, including formal function theory, the concept of dialogic form, Schenkerian theory, and several analytical tools predicated on phrase rhythm. Further, such varied subjects as computation, perception, and cognition have been increasingly applied to discussions of form.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the advantages and limitations of such varied theories, and to explore points of intersection between such methodologies. We are pleased to announce that the conference will have two keynote speakers: William Caplin and James Hepokoski. For the first two days (January 8-9, Tallinn), we are seeking papers that focus primarily on tonal music. Post-tonal music and various approaches to this repertoire will be the focus of the final two days (January 10-11, Pärnu).

The conference will be held within the framework of the project “Performative aspects of Music” supported by the Estonian Research Council.

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