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Graduate Research Colloquium: Stefan Münnich (Anton Webern Gesamtausgabe)

October 26 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm


Music notations and their codes: story of a relationship

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Guided by the idea and observation derived from recent debates in media theory of a ‘codability of the world’ – a paradigmatic line of thought that all cultural, social and musical phenomena can be regarded as influenced by codes – this talk explores the question of the extent to which music notations can be understood as a form of coded information and the extent to which music notations themselves can in turn influence and produce other codes. The interrelationships underlying this question will be examined from three different perspectives: From a cultural and music-historical perspective, different discourses in the fields of information theory, biology, philosophy, semiotics, but also music will be identified, which have contributed to the establishment of a code paradigm since the middle of the 20th century. In this way, the discursive and historical genesis of a process can be shown that can still be observed as sedimented in thinking in, with and through codes in everyday social and academic life. A second, writing-theoretical perspective examines whether and how the code approach can be fruitfully applied to the theoretical consideration and conception of musical writing.In a third, analytical-pragmatic perspective, the framework thus elaborated is practically applied to a musical example by Anton Webern and its transduction into the most diverse music-notational manifestations, from handwritten manuscript to digital rendering, as well as in various digital coding formats (like MEI, MusicXML, Humdrum, LilyPond, or MusicOWL).

Stefan Münnich studied musicology and communication science at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he finished his MA in 2011 with a thesis on cantional setting in Heinrich Schütz’s Becker-Psalter. Since 2012 research assistant, 2013–2015 research associate of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Sämtliche Briefe edition at University of Leipzig (co-editor of vols. 9 & 12). Since October 2015 Stefan is working as a research associate of the Anton Webern Gesamtausgabe, Basel. He received his Doctorate degree in 2020 at the department of musicology at the University of Basel with a dissertation about music notation and its codes. He is an active member of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and currently exploring ways of approaching music notations and music historiography with Semantic Web and other digital technologies

About the series:

The Colloquia feature leading figures, as well as younger scholars, from across the world. They present their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. Graduate students Marinu Leccia and Dylan Price organise the series. Presentations are followed by a discussion and virtual drinks reception. Free and open to all Music Faculty students and members. Most events are in hybrid in-person (Lecture Room B)/online format – please follow sign-up link for attendance in person and online. If you would like more information, please email marinu.leccia@linacre.ox.ac.uk or dylan.price@music.ox.ac.uk.


October 26
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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