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November 21, 2020 • 1–2:30 p.m.

Associate Professor Yonatan Malin, College of Music

This lecture will explore musical time and connections with lived experience. Malin will introduce self-enclosed musical periods, phrase expansions, cyclical effects, musical continuity and moments of stasis or repose. These ideas will help to understand not only music on its own, but also connections with poetry, emotion, narrative and the current historical moment. Malin will demonstrate using music from Franz Schubert, Bob Dylan, Hamilton and more. 

Please listen to these musical selections prior to the lecture:

  • Franz Schubert, “Der Leiermann” (The Hurdy Gurdy Man) from The Winter’s Journey (1828). Performed by Christine Schäfer (soprano) and Eric Schneider (piano). Click here to listenClick here for the song text and translation.
  • Bob Dylan, “Mr. Tambourine Man” from Bringing it All Back Home (1965). Click here to listen.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Alexander Hamilton,” the opening number in Hamilton (2015). Performed by the original cast: Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens), Daveed Diggs (Thomas Jefferson), Okieriete Onaodowan (James Madison), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton). Click here to listen.

This presentation is part of the series “Musical Conversations,” presented by the Music Theory Department of the CU Boulder College of Music in collaboration with CU on the Weekend.

About the presenter

Yonatan MalinYonatan Malin is associate professor in the College of Music and Program in Jewish Studies. His areas of research include the German Lied, music-text relations, theories of rhythm and meter, and Jewish Music. His book Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied was published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and he has published articles and reviews in Music Analysis, Music Theory Spectrum, Yuval Online, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and Analytical Approaches to World Music, and in the edited volume Expressive Intersections in Brahms. Malin was editor of Music Theory Online from 2010 to 2014. He enjoys teaching courses at all levels, from basic music theory to graduate seminars.