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New Research and Publications

Prof. John Roeder and Assistant Prof. Claudio Vellutini

Prof. John Roeder and Assistant Prof. Claudio Vellutini

Prof. Nathan Hesselink recently spoke at two universities as a Distinguished Speaker for the Association of Asian Studies Lecture Series and presented talks at two international conferences. He gave the lecture “Korean Drumming and Cosmology: Music Reflecting and Shaping Local Culture" at Mt. Allison University (New Brunswick, Canada) and the University of California-Davis (U.S.A.); and he presented "Cross-Cultural Resonance in the Cadential Hemiola” at the Fifth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music in Thessaloniki, Greece, and "Cultural Legacy, Transmission, and Future Prospects for Gochang Nongak" at the 2018 World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Jeonju, South Korea.

Prof. John Roeder gave three keynote addresses in 2018: at the Analytical Approaches to World Music conference in Thessaloniki, Greece; at the Rocky Mountain Music Scholars conference in Tucson, AZ; and at the Meter Symposium 3 in Sydney, Australia. This summer Prof. Roeder gave lectures at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, and at the 2018 Perspectives on Chinese Contemporary Music Conference, sponsored by the Harvard Shanghai Center.

Dr. Claudio Vellutini has been awarded an Insight Development Grant for his research project “Entangled Histories: Opera and Cultural Networks between Vienna and the Italian States, 1815-1848.” Recently, he presented two conference papers on topics related to this project: “Opera Networks between Vienna and the Italian States: Domenico Barbaja and Der Freischütz” at the 20th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music; and "Donizetti's Italianità and Viennese Publishers" at the third conference of the international research network Re-Imagining Italianità: Opera and Musical Culture in Transnational Perspective.

Prof. Stephen Chatman published two new compositions: “Life Has Loveliness,” a work for SATB choirs and piano, and “Six Preludes” for alto saxophone and piano.

Dr. Ève Poudrier published “Tapping to Carter: Mensural Determinacy in Complex Rhythmic Sequences" in Empirical Musicology Review. The article investigate the influence of style-specific expertise on musicians' ability to find the beat in a passage from Elliott Carter's 90+ for piano (1994).

Sessional lecturer Dr. Maria Virginia Acuña received an SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship for her project, “Cultural Transfer in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Spain: The Italian Castrato in Madrid.” With Susan Lewis, she co-authored a book, Claudio Monteverdi: A Research and Information Guide. She also published two peer-reviewed articles: “Love Conquers All: Cupid, Philip V, and the Allegorical Zarzuela during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–16),” in Eighteenth-Century Music (March 2018), and “Sobbing Cupids, Lamenting Lovers, and Weeping Nymphs in the Early Zarzuela: Calderón de la Barca’s El laurel de Apolo(1657) and Durón and Navas’s Apolo y Dafne (ca. 1700)” in Bulletin of the Comediantes (2017).

Dr. Brandon Konoval published “Pythagorean Pipe Dreams? Vincenzo Galilei, Marin Mersenne, and the Pneumatic Mysteries of the Pipe Organ” in Perspectives on Science (February 2018), and “Is the Essay Dead? Research and Writing in the Humanities at a Research-Intensive University" in Higher Education Review (50th Anniversary Issue, Spring-Summer 2018).

Harpist and adjunct professor Elizabeth Volpé Bligh published “Cracking the Nutcracker,” a new article in Harp Column about the ballet’s iconic harp part.

New research and publications


Professor Alexander Fisher contributed a chapter entitled "'Mit singen und klingen': Urban Processional Culture and the Soundscapes of Post-Reformation Germany" to In Listening to Early Modern Catholicism, edited by Daniele V. Filippi and Michael Noone, 187-203. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Prof. Fisher also presented a number of talks: "Bells and Apotropaic Magic in Reformation Germany" at the Early Modern Research Cluster, University of British Columbia, in December; "Shattering the Lightning: Bells and Magic in Reformation Germany" as part of the series Worlds of Wonder at Green College, UBC in February; and “Musicalische Friedens-Freud: The Westphalian Peace and Music in Protestant Nuremberg" at Rethinking Europe: War and Peace in the Early Modern German Lands, the triennial meeting of Frühe Neuzeit Interdiziplinär in St. Louis this March.

Professor John Roeder gave a keynote address, entitled “Comparing Musical Cycles Across the World,” at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Music Scholars Conference in Tucson, Arizona. He gave two talks at the Society for Music Theory’s annual conference: “Interactions of Folk Melody and Transformational (Dis)continuities in Chen Yi’s Ba Ban” and “How to create meter and why.” Prof. Roeder also guest lectured at the Eastman Theory Colloquium at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Assistant Professor Ève Poudrier presented a talk entitled “The Influence of Grouping and Tempo on Subjective Metricization” at the recent Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting in Vancouver this past November. 

Professor David Metzer presented a new talk, “Ballads: A History of Emotions in Popular Culture,” at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas this March. Adapted from his latest book, The Ballad in American Popular Music: From Elvis to Beyoncé, the talk explored how feelings are understood and experienced in popular culture at particular moments through the lens of soul and power ballads.

The School of Music’s Rhythm Research Cluster held two symposia this term. The first, “Modeling Rhythmic Complexity, explored intersecting tools and methodologies from the fields of music information retrieval, computational analysis, and experimental psychology, for application to the study of complex rhythmic structures. The second, “Microtiming and Musical Motion,” explored some of the “kinetic aspects of microtiming—including groove and flow in popular music—as well as some new methods and compositional applications of microtiming analysis.”


Assistant Professor Claudio Vellutini received a UBC Hampton Endowment Research Fund New Faculty Award for his book project, “Entangled Histories: Opera and Cultural Networks between Vienna and the Italian States, 1815–1848.” He also published an essay, "Opera and Monuments: Verdi's Ernani in Vienna and the Construction of Dynastic Memory,” in the Cambridge Opera Journal.

Dr. Brandon Konoval presented his paper “The Disenchanted Flute? Music, Max Weber, and Early Modern Science" at the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science in Toronto last May. His article "Pythagorean Pipe Dreams? Vincenzo Galilei, Marin Mersenne, and the Pneumatic Mysteries of the Pipe Organ" appeared in the February 2018 issue of Perspectives on Science.

New research and publications


Dr. Hedy Law’s essay on the female “citoyenne” in 18th-century French opera — including Sapho (1795) by librettist Constance-Marie de Salm and composer Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini — was published this spring in The Opera Quarterly.

This November, Dr. Ève Poudrier presented a talk entitled “The influence of grouping and tempo on subjective metricization” at the Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting (APCAM) in Vancouver, British Columbia. The presentation slides are available here.

Dr. David Metzer’s new book, The Ballad in American Popular Music: From Elvis to Beyoncé, was published by Cambridge University Press.  It is the first history of the ballad in recent popular music. Prof. Metzer chronicles a musical history of the ballad, looking at how such celebrated singers as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston have shaped the genre. He also offers a history of emotions in popular culture, showing how ballads capture the changing ways in which feelings have been understood and experienced. You can listen to Prof. Metzer talk about his book on the School of Music podcast.

Music theorists and editors Dr. Laurel Parsons (MA ’91, Ph.D ’03) and Dr. Brenda Ravenscroft (Ph.D ’93) won the Society for Music Theory’s 2018 award for the Outstanding Multi-Authored Publication for Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music, 1960-2000 (Oxford University Press, 2016). It is the first of a four-volume series.

Dr. John Roeder gave the keynote address at a conference in London about the operas of Thomas Adès. At the Society for Music Theory annual meeting in November, he also presented papers on music of Chen Yi, and on teaching musical meter.

P’ungmul: South Korean Drumming and Dance

P’ungmul: South Korean Drumming and Dance

Dr. Nathan Hesselink gave three talks in the past year: "The Backbeat as Expressive Device in Popular Music," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Vancouver; "Korean Drumming and Cosmology: Music Reflecting and Shaping Local Culture," presented at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; and "Radiohead’s OK Computer," presented as part of Rain City Chronicles “The Record Club” Series, Macmillan Space Centre, Vancouver. The Korean translation of his first book on Korean folk drumming, P’ungmul: South Korean Drumming and Dance (University of Chicago), was published by the Academy of Korean Studies.

The School of Music’s Rhythm Research Cluster hosted its first symposium, "Entrainment and the Human-Technology Interface," in September. UBC faculty, students, and guest lecturers together explored the history and nature of interactions between live human agents (performers and composers) and an externalizing and regulating entraining agent (both metronomes and click tracks). The next symposium, titled "Modeling Rhythmic Complexity," will focus on the cognition and production of complex rhythmic structures (such as polyrhythm and syncopation) using tools and methods from fields as diverse as linguistics, music information retrieval, behavioural psychology and neuroscience. It is scheduled for January 2018.

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh published a new article in the November issue of Harp Column

During his first year at UBC, Dr. Claudio Vellutini was invited to present at the conference London Voices, 1820-1840 hosted by King's College London and at the Rossini 2017 Conference organized by the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, Italy. He also gave a paper at the Second Transnational Opera Studies Conference in Bern, Switzerland. His article "Opera and Monuments: Verdi's Ernani in Vienna and the Construction of Dynastic Memory" has been accepted for publication and is forthcoming in the Cambridge Opera Journal. In Vancouver, he was a guest of the radio programme Place à l'opéra on Radio Canada), and gave pre-concert talks on Verdi's Macbeth and Otello at the Italian Cultural Institute and at the Vancouver Opera Festival.

Prof. Stephen Chatman published four new books of sheet music: Shine! shine! shine! from A Song of Joys, Dawn of Night, Forever, Remember Me, and O Clap Your Hands. All are available via Morningstar Music

In May, Dr. Brandon Konoval presented a conference paper for the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science: "The Disenchanted Flute? Music, Max Weber, and Early Modern Science." He also published an article in Modern Intellectual History: "Between Aristotle and Lucretius: Discourses of Nature and Rousseau's Discours sur l'inégalité."

New research and publications


Dr. John Roeder presented two conference papers recently:  “Formative processes of durational projection in 'free rhythm' world music” at the Fourth International Analytical Approaches to World Music Conference in New York last June; and “Durational process and affect in a Papua New Guinea song” at the SMT World Music Analysis interest group meeting, in Vancouver in November. Dr. Roeder also published "Superposition in Saariaho's 'The claw of the magnolia….'" in Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music, 1960-2000, ed. Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft, 156-175. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Drs. Alan Dodson, Nathan Hesselink and Ève Poudrier were awarded a grant from the Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters: Performing & Creative Arts for a series of three symposium on the theme “Exploring Musical Time” during the academic year 2017-2018. The newly formed Rhythm Research Cluster brings together the research interests of six UBC faculty members (including Drs. Richard Kurth, John Roeder, and Michael Tenzer) in the fields of music theory and ethnomusicology that converge on the study of musical time and the production and experience of musical rhythm, timing, and periodicity. The first symposium on “Entrainment and the Human-Technology Interface” is planned to take place in September 2017; stay tuned for more details in the next issue!


Dr. Brandon Konoval published a chapter entitled "Discipline and Pianist: Foucault and the Genealogy of the Etude" in Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century (Rowman & Littlefield, October 2016). In July, he presented a paper at St. Anne's College, Oxford, "Pythagorean Pipe Dreams? Ratios of Pipe Scaling from Vincenzo Galilei through Marin Mersenne," for the international conference in early modern science, Scientiae. In December, he was a panelist at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for 'Foucault on the Arts and Letters.'

Sessional lecturer Elizabeth Volpé Bligh published “From Solo to Section,” a new article in Harp Column magazine about the role of harpists in an orchestra.

Dr. Stephen Chatman published three new educational books for piano at part of Canticle Publishing’s “Mix and Match” series. His compositions offer “an array of stylistically varied pieces, all paired with harmonically rich duets” for beginning students to learn from. 

Sessional lecturer James Palmer published “Humorous Script Oppositions in Classical Instrumental Music,” an article about humour in the works of Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Mozart, in the latest issue of Music Theory Online.

Tracking the beat

Dr. Poudrier

Dr. Poudrier

By Michelle Keong

The UBC School of Music welcomes Assistant Professor Ève Poudrier. Formerly at Yale University, Poudrier focuses her research on music cognition, an area of study that brings together various disciplines including psychology, musicology, linguistics and computer science.

Poudrier is particularly interested in rhythms and their potential impact on cross-cultural understanding and medical sciences among possible applications. By building a database of 800 excerpts of pieces from 1900-1950, she hopes that analyzing the structure of complex rhythms and how people perceive them will help uncover how cognitive mechanisms interact with musical practice and the communication of specific affects. High Notes caught up with Poudrier to learn about her work and what inspired her to move across the continent.

What excites you about your field of research?

I am interested in uncovering the psychological mechanics of perceiving rhythm.

With the development of brain sciences, neuroscientists are very interested in taking music as a topic of study for learning about the brain. Music and language are two human inventions that all humans share are that are very complex.

By studying language and music, you can actually learn about the brain in sophisticated ways. It has potential applications in the medical sciences, for example, to help stroke patients recover their gait.

How did you get into this field? Why rhythms?

When I was doing my PhD, I was really interested in 20th century composers, especially Elliott Carter who spent a great deal of time developing the rhythmic aspect of his work and aimed to express his vision of life by manipulating rhythms in some interesting ways. In many of Carter’s compositions, each portion of the ensemble represents a character and he defines those characters in very specific terms musically. One of those ways is by giving each character different rhythmic gestures—played together. And that really spoke to me–this idea that you could have all these different speeds at the same time.

Earlier when I was playing piano, I always liked music that was more rhythmic. I liked the passionate style of the Russians and I also played some South American music that had more syncopated rhythms.

What are you hoping to discover through polyrhythms?

You find polyrhythm in many different cultures and I think studying how these rhythmic patterns are perceived and how they come to take different meanings in different cultures is a way to appreciate diversity.

I’m very interested in cross-cultural studies as a way to understand human creativity more deeply but also to appreciate the diversity that different musical cultures have to offer.

What attracted you to UBC?

These days, there’s a lot of talk about diversity, of people from different cultures and also people with different abilities. I have a daughter with disabilities. It has been a very difficult experience for us because she was critically ill for so long, but now she is doing really well. It made me discover that there is this whole other part of society that I never thought of before.

I feel that through my research, which is not directly about disability, I’m trying to be inclusive of people who come from different backgrounds. By asking questions about music that comes from different places, I’m contributing to making the world a more inclusive place. That’s something that is really important for me. It’s really something that has come out from my personal experience with my daughter.

I thought that UBC was a good place for this kind work, a place that is multicultural with people who seem to be thinking about these issues and creating a society for everybody. I was also very attracted to the collaborative research on rhythm in world music that was coming out of the UBC School of Music, particularly in the work done by John Roeder and Michael Tenzer.

What are you looking forward to most this academic year?

I am really looking forward to teaching an introduction to Schenkerian analysis. Schenker was interested in finding the fundamental structure that was the basis of masterpieces. Schenkerian analysis is a different way to think about musical creativity and in some ways it also addresses questions of auditory perception.