Composer Conversation with Fred Lerdahl. April 22, 2015
Composer Conversation with Fred Lerdahl
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:00pm
The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6th & Wabasha, St. Paul
Free, but reservations are required.
A dedicated musician and academic, Fred Lerdahl has contributed enormously to the field of cognitive science of music as well as composition. As an award winning author and professor of composition at Columbia Univeristy, Lerdahl combines his fascination with analyzing the way that we process and think about musical structures with his desire to create meaningful and impactful music. Lerdahl’s deep well of musical knowledge and compositional skill will engage listeners’ ears and minds as he joins the SPCO’s Composer Conversation Series to share insight into his explorations of musical possibility.
His seminal book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, co-authored with linguist Ray Jackendoff, is a founding document for the growing field of the cognitive science of music. His subsequent book, Tonal Pitch Space, won the 2003 distinguished book award from the Society for Music Theory and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. A third book (in progress), Composition and Cognition, based on his 2011 Bloch Lectures at UC/Berkeley, will bring together his dual activity as composer and theorist.
In 2010 Lerdahl was honored with membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Three of his works composed since 2000–Time after Time for chamber ensemble, the Third String Quartet, and Arches for cello and chamber orchestra–have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music.