Final workshop of the Winter Quarter!! Come celebrate the end of the quarter with Peter Smucker, graduate student at the University of Chicago in music history and theory, and work from his dissertation proposal!  Tuesday, March 6@3:30pm in JRL 264. Refreshments will be served. Please note that there is an audio clip and pre-circulated materials–see below abstract for details!


This workshop contains several brief excerpts from my dissertation proposal. In the dissertation, currently titled “Narrative Time and Space in the Late Music of Elliott Carter,” I plan to develop a narrative theory of atonal music, with an analytical focus on Elliott Carter’ s compositions after 1990. Since around 1990, Carter’s compositional style primarily favors the use of a small group of specific set-classes with unique attributes. This compositional choice, and his continued development of dramatic interactions between “instrument/characters,” are markers of Carter’s mature style. By using theories of narrativity and temporality, the dissertation has two primary goals. Specifically, it offers analytical accounts of Carter’s late music in terms of the listener’s experience of the piece. More generally, the dissertation offers a critical engagement of narrative theory with applicability to atonal music.

Please do listen to Hiyoku, for 2 clarinets in preparation for the workshop!

Pre-circulated materials available here. Email or for the password.

Those needing additional assistance to attend this event should contact one of the graduate coordinators, Mary Caldwell( or August Sheehy (