Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series: Prof. Sonia Seeman, University of Texas-Austin

“Reconsidering ‘Labor’ - Theorizing Music as Affective Work: Case Studies from the German Bach and the Turkish Roman Sesler families”

This talk performs an effort-centered analysis of the Bach family’s musical activities in 17th–18th-century Western Europe and of the Sesler family, a Roman professional musician kin group from 1920s–2010s in Serres, Greece and Turkey. The purpose of these two case studies is to suggest a theorization of affective work based on nuancing the categories of musical effort according to local concepts and evaluations. Such theoretical considerations would be applicable to and productive for divergent musical genres, time periods, and places.
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Earl V. Moore Building - Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

January 2019

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