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Putting the Graphic in Music - Notation, Analysis, and Performance

  • Senate House Malet Street London, WC1E United Kingdom (map)

A symposium at the Senate House Library, University of London (30
November - 12.30-8.30pm)

In association with Royal Northern College of Music, Contemporary Music
Research Unit Goldsmiths, School of Advanced Study and Institute of
Musical Research

Where does one draw the figurative line between art and art music?
Since at least the 14th-century ars nova, composers have questioned the
visual boundaries of the musical score. From the heart-shaped chanson of
Baude Cordier in the Chantilly Codex to the Hörpartitur created in 1970
by Rainer Wehinger for György Ligeti's Artikulation, graphic uses of
notation have expanded the available palette for composers beyond the
limitations of the 5-line staff.

This one day symposium will explore issues in graphic notation and visual
music, the aesthetics and philosophy of notation, the relationship
between notation, interpretation and improvisation, and the boundaries
between inscription and pictorial art. It will bring together
perspectives from the performer and editor to the composer, from the art
historian to the musicologist.

A concert of music using graphic notation by the Vocal Constructivists
featuring a multi-media installation of Nir Bitton follows from 7pm-8pm.

Free tickets for the Symposium:

Free tickets for the Concert:

Full details of the event can be found at


12.30-12.45 - Welcome -Colin J.P. Homiski (Senate House Library)

12.45-2.15 -Panel 1 - Analysing graphic notation in European art music
Dr David Cline (SAS), Prof Graeme Boone (Ohio State University) Dr Brian
Inglis (Middlesex), Chair: Dr Paul Archbold (Kingston)

2.15-2.30 - Coffee/Pause

2.30-3.30 - Keynote - Prof Simon Shaw-Miller (Bristol)
'A Question and a few remarks on art, music, bicycles, Kandinsky and
Marcel Duchamp'

3.30-3.45 - Coffee/Pause

3.45-4.45 -Panel 2--Analysing graphic notation from the perspective of
composer, performer, editor. What is the role of the interpreter and how
does notation impact upon that interpretation?
Prof Jane Alden (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Lauren Redhead (Canterbury),
Prof. Philip Thomas (Huddersfield), Elaine Gould (Senior Music Editor,
Faber Music), Celia Springate (singer, London) Chair: Dr Brian Inglis


5-6.30 -IMR International Composer Seminar Series-Prof. Brian Ferneyhough
(Stanford) discusses his recent music with Prof. Roger Redgate


7.00-8pm-Concert by the Vocal Constructivists (Jane Alden, Director)
Performing music of:
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) Scratch Music
Bogusław Schäffer (b. 1929), Lektura
Wojciech Kosma (b. 1981) Songbook
Christian Wolff (b. 1934) For 1, 2 or 3 people
Tomasz Sikorski (1939-1988) Autozapis [Autorecording]
Bogusław Schäffer (b. 1929) Grafiki


Part of the Senate House Library Illumination Series