Music & Nature Symposium Preliminary Program

Hall of Languages, Room 107, Syracuse University

Saturday, September 23, 2006

9:00 - 10:30 American Composers and the Idea of Nature

Views and Uses of Nature by Two Early American Composers - Michael Broyles, Penn State University
Large-Scale Structural Unity in Depictions of Nature in the Music of Charles Ives - Samuel Tymorek, SUNY Buffalo
Gardens and Songbirds and Trees: Women Composing (on behalf of) Nature - Denise Von Glahn, Florida State University

10:45 - 12:15 Encounters with Spirituality and the Sublime

Portents, Priests, and a Musical Volcano: The Nature of Disaster in "Les Incas" - Catherine Cole, Cleveland State University
Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles...: Expression of Nature, Reflection of Eternity - Diane Luchese, Towson University
"Down to Earth": Robert Morris's Restaging of the Sublime - Martin Brody, Wellesley College

Lunch Break

2:00 - 3:30 Topics in Theory and Analysis

Cultivating an Aire: Natural Imagery and Music Making - Andrew Mead, University of Michigan
Biological Species, Species Concepts, and Thinking about Associations in Music Analysis - Dora A. Hanninen, University of Maryland, College Park
Melodic Contour and Structure in Olivier Messiaen's Réveil des Oiseaux - Robert D. Schultz, University of Washington

3:45 - 5:15 Nature, Politics and Identity

Birds, Beasts, and Bombs: Messiaen's Reluctant Engagement in the Cold War - Robert Fallon, University of California, Berkeley
An Ecology of Musicians and Nature: Contemporary Challenges, Creative Responses - Heather Buchman, Hamilton College
The Composer as Prophet: Crumb's An Idyll for the Misbegotten - Rebecca Jemian, Ithaca College

Sunday, September 24, 2006

9:00 - 10:30 Nature, Technology and Social Space

Nature as Performance: Soundscape Design at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center - Scott Spencer, New York University
"The Sounds of Shenandoah": Music, Nature, and Place in Souvenir Soundscape Music - Christine Fena, SUNY Stony Brook
Mahler's Symphonic Panoramas: Landscape, Technology, and the Finale of the Seventh Symphony - Thomas Peattie, Boston University

10:45 - 11:45 Depicting Nature in Music

Icelandic Natural Phenomena in Jón Leifs' Hekla - Lee Hartman, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Music for a Cold Land: Translating the Qualities of Snow Into Canadian Compositions for Choir - Sophie Bouffard, University of Regina

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