2018 Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lecture Series

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Event:
2018 Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lecture Series
Date:
11/12/2018 8:00 pm
Category:
Organizer:
The University Seminars
Phone:
2128542389
univ.seminars@columbia.edu
Updated:
10/17/2018
Venue:
Faculty House
Phone:
2128542389
Address:
64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY, 10027, United States

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Fred Lerdahl is Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition, Director of the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and Secretary of the Alice M. Ditson Fund, which supports emerging American composers. He directed Columbia’s composition program for two decades. His career has taken two parallel paths, as a composer and as a music theorist with an emphasis in music cognition. His music has been commissioned and performed by major chamber ensembles and orchestras in the United States and around the world, and he has been resident composer at leading institutions and festivals. Three of his works—Time after Time for chamber ensemble, the Third String Quartet, and Arches for cello and chamber orchestra—were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music. His music is published by Schott Music Corporation and has been widely recorded for various labels, including Bridge Records, which is producing an ongoing series devoted to his music. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has written three books: A Generative Theory of Tonal Music (with linguist Ray Jackendoff), a foundational document in the cognitive science of music that is based in part on methodologies from generative linguistics; the award-winning Tonal Pitch Space, which deepens and extends the earlier research through theoretical modeling of empirical data on perceived tonal relations; and Composition and Cognition (in press), which discusses how research in the cognitive science of music bears on organizational and aesthetic issues in contemporary music.