Microtonal Experimentalism in the Italian Renaissance: The case of Vicentino's 31-Tone Madrigals

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Time: 
04/04/2012 - 4:15pm

The Williams College Department of Music presents Prof. Jon Wild in a lecture in Room 30 in the Bernhard Music Center on the Williams Campus on Thursday, April 4 at 4:15 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

Jon Wild is Assistant Professor at McGill University in Montreal, where he teaches music theory and composition. The talk features accurate, naturalistic renditions of Vicentino's startling enharmonic compositions, created by retuning recordings of professional early music performers according to Vicentino's specifications.

Biography of the lecturer:

As a McGill undergraduate, Jonathan narrowly avoided completing a Physics degree before transferring to the Schulich School of Music. There he completed a B.Mus in Composition, studying composition with Bengt Hambreus, piano with Charles Reiner and Eugene Plawutsky, and jazz trombone with Muhammad Al-Khabyyr. He stayed on at McGill for a Master's degree in music theory, working mostly with Prof Brian Alegant, while continuing his composition studies with Bruce Mather.

In 1997 Jonathan began a Ph.D in Theory and Composition at Harvard University, where his advisor was David Lewin and his composition teachers were Mario Davidovsky and Bernard Rands. His dissertation is a study of musical "tessellation": register-specific pitch configurations as a compositional resource. He has remained active as a composer, most recently serving as composer-in-residence for The Hilliard Ensemble. His scholarly interests include early twentieth-century harmonic practice, alternative tuning systems, Schenkerian Analysis, History of Theory during the scientific revolution, and computation in music theory and in audio synthesis.

BMus McGill University, Composition
MMus McGill University, Music Theory
PhD Harvard University, Theory & Composition

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