Chromatic harmony in theory and practice

Talk
  • Date and time: Wednesday 15 March 2023, 4pm
  • Location: In-person and online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

This talk reports on an ambitious project encompassing: 1) a substantial review of what chromatic harmony is taught in both German- and English-speaking music theoretic traditions; 2) a set of clarifications for important but under-defined terms; and 3) a computational survey of usage in practice as reported by human analyses. At the heart of this effort is a meta-corpus of all human analyses that have been expressed in a computed-readable format, spanning over 1,000 works from 1600–1945.

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About the speaker

Mark Gotham

Mark Gotham specialises in computational methods for music theory, analysis, and composition. He holds the rare distinction of having been appointed to faculty positions in both STEM (Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Durham University, from 2023) and in the humanities (previously Professor of Music Theory at T.U. Dortmund). Previous, non-faculty positions include those at Cornell university (US), Universität des Saarlandes (DE), the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK).

Mark holds a PhD from Cambridge, MMus from the RNCM, and a BA from Oxford (where he graduated at the top of his cohort). He runs FourScoreAndMore.org to widen access to music theory and the debut CD of Mark’s compositions – ‘Utrumne est Ornatum’ – attracted 5-star reviews.