The Classical Style at 50

Fri, Sep 24, 2021
3:30 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

The first meeting of the virtual forum Encounters with Eighteenth-Century Music is entitled “The Classical Style at 50,” in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Charles Rosens landmark study. This Zoom conference will begin with ten-minute presentations from three scholars—Catherine Mayes, Edward Klorman, and Scott Burnham—to be followed by an hour-long question and-answer period from members of the audience, moderated by Edmund Goehring. Participants are encouraged to read (or reread) the book and register in advance.


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Catherine Mayes is associate professor of musicology at the University of Utah’s School of Music. Her research has focused primarily on exoticism and national styles in European music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with particular attention to the cultural perceptions and market forces that shaped Western European engagement with Eastern Europe and its music during this time. Her work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Music, Music & Letters, The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory, The Journal of Music History Pedagogy, The Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia, and Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830, a volume of essays she co-edited with Emily H. Green. Catherine won the Westrup Prize from Music & Letters in 2015 and the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching from the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts in 2018. She is currently completing a book titled Hungarian Dances in Eighteenth-Century Vienna: Gender, Class, and Cross-Cultural Encounters

Edward Klorman is a music theorist and violist on faculty at McGill University. His first book, Mozart’s Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works (Cambridge, 2016), winner of the Marjorie Weston Emerson Award of the Mozart Society of America, draws on historical concepts of musical sociability and agency to develop new approaches to the analysis of sonata form and phrase rhythm. He is currently at work on a second book about Bach’s cello suites. Prior to his appointment at McGill, he previously taught at The Juilliard School at Queens College (CUNY). As violist, he has performed as guest artist with the Borromeo, Orion, and Ying Quartets, and the Lysander Trio, and he is featured on two albums of chamber music from Albany Records

Scott Burnham’s scholarly interests include the history of tonal theory, problems of analysis and criticism, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music and culture; publications reflecting these concerns have appeared in such journals as Beethoven Forum, Current Musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Music Theory, Musical Quarterly, Music Theory Spectrum, and 19th-Century Music. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Humanities Center.

Edmund Goehring, who teaches at The University of Western Ontario, was introduced to The Classical Style in 1980, during his junior year at Oberlin. It has remained a faithful cicerone throughout the following years, as much for how it conducts music criticism as for what it says about the repertory.