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The Cramb Lecture: The End of Analysis
Wed 22 March 2017, 17:15 – 19:15 GMT
In this talk I intend initially to address, at a generalised level, both the purpose and practice of music analysis By way of approaching who, or what, is validated by such endeavours, the major part of my talk will focus on the recorded output of the US singer Melanie Safka, who is as yet unaddressed in the academic literature. Although other case studies would be equally appropriate to my purpose, it pleases me to devote time to the output of someone the value of whose work is strongly contested. The Humanities are nothing without compassion. I shall then suggest that aspects of the perspective which arises from this consideration might find application to other repertories, and I intend to illustrate this with reference to music by Pawel Szymanski, Marc-André Dalbavie and Theodor Kirchner (as time permits). As for the title, both dominant meanings will hover over my talk.