The School of the Arts is delighted to announce its first Inaugural Lecture by professor Kenneth Smith: “Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor: Musical Form, Feedback loops, and Acceleration” on Thursday 16 February 2023, 17.30-19.00. The lecture will take place in the Tung Auditorium at the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre (University of Liverpool) and will be followed by a drinks reception.
This is the first of four Inaugural lectures hosted by the School of the Arts at the University of Liverpool; further details on upcoming lectures will be available shortly.
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“Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor: Musical Form, Feedback loops, and Acceleration”
Professor Kenneth Smith
Tung Auditorium, Yoko Ono Lennon centre - University of Liverpool
16 February 2023, 5:30 pm
Professor Kenneth Smith discusses his recent work on the generation of energy in music through feedback loops, from the smallest details to the largest levels of a work’s formal structure. As a case study, Liszt’s (in)famous B Minor Sonata is used. In this exciting sonata, short musical phrases constantly threaten to spin out of control, leading to an exponentially accelerating piece of virtuosic music. The talk will address the philosophical grounding for Smith’s analytical technique, and will further consider the role of virtuosity in both the breakdown of classical phrases and the formation of a new hyper-energetic and dynamic musical form.
No music-theoretical knowledge is assumed for this talk, which is open to all.
As part of the lecture the full sonata (ca. 30 minutes) will be performed by Professor Ian Pace (City University, London), with real-time illustrations from Professor Smith.
Please note that attendance for this event is in-person only.