University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017

September 16, 2011 - 8:00pm

Performing Donald Erb's Sunlit Peaks and Dark Valleys, David Felder's Another Face, Andrew Rindfleisch's What Vibes!, and Mathew Rosenblum's Ancient Eyes.

Jeff WestonPhD Candidate Jeff Weston’s composition Ruler Piece No. 3: Slow Power Chord has been selected for performance in the 2017 Mise-En Music Festival.

Brian Riordan's composition The Moon is Drifting Away from the Earth will be performed by Pittsburgh contemporary music ensemble NAT 28.

March 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pittsburgh's Collective Legacy Project provides IonSound Project's programming inspiration, and centers around a video interview of one man's life spannning from childhood to adulthood — encompassing global crisis, personal achievements, and deep intimacy with family.
March 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

In his last works, Stockhausen vigorously explored layering multiple tempos. Whereas many composers who experimented with polytempo or polymeter (such as Carter and Nancarrow) sought to create higher-level unities where pulse layers coincided at various points, Stockhausen vigorously avoided such alignments, practicing a strategy of metric incongruity instead.

February 4, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Stephan Pennington, Assistant Professor of Music at Tufts University.

Composer Philip Thompson (PhD 2002) likes to describe The Final Battle for Love as, “one of the world’s finest baroque-metal professional wrestling operas,” and he got no argument from enthusiastic performers and audience members during the work’s Chicago premiere in January of 2017.

January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

Roger Zahab presents a program built around Bach's Partita in b minor for solo violin and music by American composers which reflect a diverse array of concerns and points of view. Along with the Bach, Zahab performs music by Ursula Mamlok, David Mahler, Christian Wolff, Linda Kornohan, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and his own compositions.

January 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

This talk will provide an overview of my compositional practice. I will focus on the role of context, harmony, color  and large scale organization in my recent music and provide an overview of the tools, sketching practices and compositional process that inform my work.

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