Oxford-Princeton Partnership

In 2008 the Faculty of Music was successful in its bid for funding from the John Fell Fund to establish a research partnership in music theory and analysis with our colleagues in the Music Department at Princeton University.

The Oxford–Princeton Partnership aimed to encourage closer research collaborations on projects of mutual concern between colleagues in the two institutions; to rethink definitions and boundaries of musical analysis in the context of the historical, critical and interdisciplinary work of both departments; and to consolidate Oxford as a leading UK centre for music theory.

The first Oxford-Princeton Analysis Symposium took place in Oxford, 14-16 April 2010, on the theme of ‘Analytical Encounters’, with a rich and wide-ranging discussions of issues and approaches. Presentations were made by: V. Kofi Agawu (Mozart), Scott Burnham (Schumann), Eric Clarke (Goldfrapp), Jonathan Cross (Birtwistle), Laurence Dreyfus (Gibbons), Daniel Grimley (Sibelius) and Elizabeth Eva Leach (Machaut).

The following graduate students also participated in the Symposium: Johanna Frymoyer, Christopher Matthay (Princeton); James Munk, Alberto Sanna (Oxford).

The second Oxford-Princeton Analysis Symposium took place at Princeton University, 17–19 March 2011. Faculty members Eric Clarke, Jonathan Cross and Laurence Dreyfus, along with graduate students Simon Desbruslais and Maria Witek, took part in another three intensive days of presentations and discussions on and around analytical/theoretical topics. Eric Clarke and Maria Witek gave a presentation on analysing rhythm, Jonathan Cross on the ‘Apothéose’ from Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète, and Laurence Dreyfus on ‘Es ist vollbracht’ from Bach’s St John Passion. The speakers from Princeton were Kofi Agawu (on the ‘Adagietto’ from Mahler’s 5th Symphony), Scott Burnham (on Mozart’s Requiem and Ave Verum), Noriko Manabe (on hip hop) and Dmitri Tymoczko (on Schubert’s Quartett-satz). Graduate students from both institutions also gave short presentations on their current projects.

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(Picture: Oxford-Princeton Analysis Symposium I, Faculty of Music, Oxford, April 2010)