New Perspectives on Improvisation and Compositional Process, in honor of Professor Anna Maria Busse Berger


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Ann E. Pitzer Center, Recital Hall

Friday Night Concert and Saturday Symposium in honor of Professor Anna Maria Busse Berger

Read more about the Friday night concert given by L’ensemble Coclico.

9:15 am: Introduction at 9:15 am by Department Chair Laurie San Martin ’91 (UC Davis)

Session I: 9:30–10:55 am

Chair: Pierpaolo Polzonetti (UC Davis)

9:30 am: Stephen Blum (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
“Three Musicological Concepts: Mode, Composition, Improvisation”

10:05 am: Jesse Rodin (Stanford University)
“Memory, Liveness, and the Chanson”

10:40 am: Coffee & Tea

Session II: 10:55 am –12:05 pm

Chair: Beth Levy (UC Davis)

10:55 am: Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)
“Improvisation and Composition in Cipriano de Rore’s Ariosto Settings”

11:30 am: John Lutterman ‘06 (University of Alaska)
“Re-creating 18th-Century Improvisatory Practices on the Cello”

12:05 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm

Christopher Reynolds (UC Davis)
“A Career of Improvisation”


Session III: 2:15–3:25 pm

Chair: Carol A. Hess (UC Davis)

2:15 pm: Sarah Eyerly ‘04 (Florida State University)
“Sound and Spirit: Improvised Hymnody in the Moravian Mohican Missions.”

2:50 pm: Philippe Canguilhem (University of Toulouse)
“Formulas for Composing and/or Improvising: A Closer Look at Rome, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, ms. G 384”

3:25 pm: Coffee & Tea


Session IV: 3:45–4:55 pm

Chair: Henry Spiller (UC Davis)

3:45 pm: Robert O. Gjerdingen (Northwestern University)
“Three Centuries of Classical Improvisation: Naples and Paris”

4:20 pm: Elisabeth Le Guin (UCLA)
“‘El cancionero de Santa Ana’: Improvisation as
the Practice of Freedom in a California Immigrant Community”
—with singers of Son del Centro / El Centro Cultural de México

Made possible by support from the William E. Valente Endowment in Music, from the UCHRI, and support from the departments of Art History, Art Studio, History, French, and English.

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