Oxford Seminar in Music Theory & Analysis

Season 2 of OSiMTA has now come to an end, having presented four meetings in Oxford and two on Zoom across the academic year. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported them.

Plans are underway for Season 3 and will be announced here in due course. These might take place in Oxford, depending on the Covid-19 situation, they might take place online, or a combination of the two! Watch this space for further news.



The Oxford Seminar in Music Theory & Analysis (OSiMTA) meets two or three times a term. Its convenors are Professor Jonathan Cross and Dr Sebastian Wedler.

Our conception of theory and analysis is critical, plural and interdisciplinary. In shaping the seminars, we aim to reflect the broad range of activity taking place under the heading of theory and analysis today, as well as to challenge boundaries, embracing not only ‘conventional’ practices and histories of theory, but also new interdisciplinary approaches that engage with cultural studies, ethnomusicology, aesthetics and philosophy, psychology, politics, performance studies, popular music studies, and so on. Speakers will include distinguished local, national and international scholars.

These seminars are open to all, including the general public. Sessions will last 90 minutes, refreshments are served, and lively discussion is encouraged. They take place on Wednesday afternoons, beginning at 16.30, in the Committee Room of the Music Faculty.

Regular updates will appear on these pages. You can also follow OSiMTA on Twitter.

Abstracts for seminars in Season 1 can be found by following the link on the left.

For further information email Jonathan.Cross@music.ox.ac.uk or Sebastian.Wedler@music.ox.ac.uk

We are delighted to announce below the programme for Season 2 of OSiMTA. Abstracts for each talk will be published in advance. Please return here for further information ahead of each seminar.


Programme 2019–20

23 October 2019: Naomi Waltham-Smith (University of Warwick), ‘A motley music: the music analyst lends an ear to democracy’

20 November 2019: Sarah Moynihan (St Anne’s College, Oxford), ‘Unpicking a static reception: unheard suspensions at the seams of Sibelius’s Swan of Tuonela

29 January 2020: Martin Stokes (King’s College, London), ‘Sentimental gesture and the politics of “shape” in the performances of Abd al-Halim Hafiz’

26 February 2020: Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford), ‘Imagining the un-encoded: analysing affect in a twelfth-century love song’

29 April 2020: Jack Boss (University of Oregon), ‘Visions of moonlight and global coherence in “Mondestrunken” from Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire’

13 May 2020: Chloë Zadeh (University of Manchester), ‘Femininities in circulation: gender, emotion and north Indian semi-classical music