Music Theory and Music Cognition: A Conference in Honor of Fred Lerdahl

General Programming

March 23, 2018 Friday, 9:00am EDT Buell Hall, Columbia University
  • Department of Music
  • The Center for Science and Society
  • Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience
  • Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

Fred Lerdahl's thought has exercised a widespread influence on music theory and music cognition as well as informing the analysis of music in the tonal repertoire and beyond. This conference, organized in his honor by the Department of Music at Columbia University, will present recent work based on and related to the theoretical work of Fred Lerdahl as well as its applicability to various areas of research and musical practice.

9:00 Welcome: Robert Remez​

Session 1 (Chair: Robert Remez)

9:15-10:00 Ray Jackendoff: Some Things Fred and I Didn't Do

10:00-10:45: Carol Krumhansl: Modeling the Dynamics of Musical Tension

10:45-11:15 Pause

11:15-12:00 Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis: Music and the Implicit

Session 2 (Chair: Marilyn Nonken)

2:00-2:45 David Temperley: Generating Music with Tonal Theory

2:45-3:15: Joshua Banks Mailman: The LerDial: a Dynamic Practical-Tactile-Visual-Pedagogical Model of Lerdahl’s Tonal Chord Distance Measure

3:15-3:45: Anthony Fort: From "Complicated" to "Complex": Re-Hearing the Opening of Milton Babbitt's Post-Partitions

3:45-4 Pause

Session 3 (Chair: Morwaread Mary Farbood)

4-4:30: Joshua Cody: Tonality as a Psychological Condition: Lerdahl, Ligeti, and Trauma

4:30-5: William Dougherty: Giacinto Scelsi’s Anahit: A Cognitive Approach to Analysis

5-6: Panel discussion moderated by Morwaread Mary Farbood

  • Speaker Ray Jackendoff Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy; Emeritus Co-director, Center for Cognitive Studies Tufts University
  • Speaker Carol Krumhansl Professor of Psychology Cornell University
  • Speaker Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis Author; Director of Music Cognition Lab University of Arkansas
  • Speaker David Temperley Professor of Music Theory Eastman School of Music
  • Speaker Robert Remez​ Professor of Psychology Barnard College
  • Speaker Marilyn Nonken Director Piano Studies, Associate Professor Music and the Performing Arts Professions New York University
  • Speaker Joshua Banks Mailman Adjunct Faculty, Department of Music Columbia University
  • Speaker Anthony Fort PhD Student in Music Theory Columbia University
  • Speaker Morwaread Mary Farbood Associate Professor, Music Technology New York University
  • Speaker Joshua Cody Author, composer and filmmaker
  • Speaker William Dougherty DMA Student in Composition Columbia University