Microtonality, Technology, and (Post)Dramatic Structures in Harry Partch’s and Manfred Stahnke’s Theatrical Music
Exploring the intersections of microtonal music, philosophy, digital media, and theater, this presentation analyzes the interrelationships of microtonality, technology, and (post)dramatic structures in the theatrical music of the American composer Harry Partch and the German composer Manfred Stahnke. I argue that these interrelationships go beyond functioning as mere formative elements; they become means to mediate the essential philosophical, mythical, ritual, and psychological connotations of these music-theatrical works. The concepts of just intonation and intermediality, and the theory of postdramatic theater, as well as Partch’s and Stahnke’s idiosyncratic notions of corporeality and meloharmony, constitute the analytical core of this research.
Guadeloupe and the Ends of Revolution
If Napoleon’s coup brought an end to the Revolution, this end did not come overnight, nor was it obvious what it entailed. This was all the more true in the French Caribbean colonies, where the added issues of race and slavery, as well as the physical and conceptual separation from the metropole, continued to be vexing concerns. Political and military upheavals in Guadeloupe between 1801 and 1803 were tied to conflicts over what it meant for the Revolution to be over, manifested in the perennial colonial question of who was the legitimate voice of the metropolitan government.
This event is part of the 2017-18 UF Synergies: Current Scholarship in the Humanities series, which features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s Rothman Faculty Summer Fellows, Tedder Doctoral Fellows, and Rothman Doctoral Fellows. Fellows will each speak for 20 minutes about their funded work, leaving ample time for questions and discussion amongst the projects.
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