I am pleased to announce my article, Percy Grainger’s Marching Song of Democracy: Reception and Attitudes, appears in Volume 40, Issue 2 of Musicology Australia.
I am excited to be presenting the first lecture in the Sydney Musicology Colloquium Series. I will be presenting my research on Voice Crossing within a universal context. Details and Link Below!
Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Seminar Room 2174
Wednesday 6 March 4:15pm
Understanding X: Towards the Analysis of Universal Voice Crossing
Voice crossing, when a melodic stream rises or falls in pitch below others, is a deceptively simple aspect of polyphonic music. For reasons of practicality and conventionality its analysis is routinely subject to simplification, being most frequently examined in repertoire where the phenomenon is relatively limited and where unambiguous voices in distinct registers are a primary compositional objective. Yet however frequently polyphony does behave in this manner, it has been restrictively codified by associated definitions and assumptions that fall considerably short of describing how it can behave.
This paper explores the potential and limitations of a fundamental conceptual shift away from perceiving voice crossing as a binary state, towards reframing it as a quantifiable event. Through the lens of the ambitious forty-part motet Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis, several techniques for measuring crossing densities are developed. Ultimately, this shift makes deeper and more meaningful analysis possible into what might be termed unrestricted polyphony, where independent voices are effectively limitless in the complexity of their interactions.
Brilliantly performed in August 2018 by the Flinders Quartet and recorded by 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne.
A full performance of this complete work is scheduled for 9 March, 2019. Details below:
Scored for 4-Part A Capella Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Duration: 6-7 Minutes
Text: Anchor Song by Rudyard Kipling
Introducing my second String Quartet, a large-scale work in four movements. Scores are now printed and readily available.
Duration: 22 mins
The printed edition of my ballet score Refraction has arrived!
Instrumentation: Piano Quintet
Duration: 17 minutes
Freshly-printed and bound copies of my Second Scherzo for piano!
Next up is a piano trio for cellist Danielle Bentley.