Oxford Seminar in Music Theory & Analysis

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, 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.

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

The programme for 2019–20 will be announced here shortly. Topics will include queer music theory (postponed from last term), analysing maqam-s, and approaches to Sibelius’s Swan of Tuonela.


Programme 2018–19

17 October 2018: Peter H. Smith (University of Notre Dame), ‘The “Type-2” Sonata Form in the Nineteenth Century: A Case Study from Mendelssohn’s Octet’

7 November 2018: Leah Broad (Christ Church, Oxford), ‘Purely incidental? Analysing theatre music’

21 November 2018: Richard Widdess (SOAS), ‘Analysis in real time: listeners’ perceptions of Indian music’

13 February 2019: Julian Horton (Durham University), ‘Rethinking sonata failure: structure and process in Mendelssohn’s Overture Die schöne Melusine

27 February 2019: Emily Tan (Merton College, Oxford), ‘Objective autonomy in Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto (TrV 292, 1945)’

Thursday 2 May 2019 (please note change of day): Dai Griffiths (Oxford Brookes University), ‘So-called classical virtues in a so-called popular song: does analysing Lorraine Feather, “The girl with the lazy eye” (Ages, 2010) tell us if it’s any good?’