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The Margaret Parkhurst Morey Lecture Series in French  and the Theory Department of the Eastman School of Music present: Jean-Jacques Nattiez Professor Emeritus of Musicology, Université de Montréal

This lecture will present a panorama of Inuit music, in a circumpolar perspective, from Alaska to Greenland, by focusing on its two main genres: drum dances and throat songs. Drawing on the resources of musical iconology, this lecture will endeavor to relate the ethnographic and musical dimensions of these genres to the ways in which Inuit artists represent their performance in their sculptures and their prints. This will be illustrated by numerous visual documents, sound examples, and video clips.

Jean-Jacques Nattiez, born in 1945 in Amiens, France, spent his entire career at the University of Montreal. Nattiez became known internationally as a pioneer in a new branch of musicology, musical semiology, and has received numerous awards, including the Medal of the Académie des lettres du Québec "awarded each year to a prominent figure in Quebec cultural life" and the Gold Medal of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada “for lifetime achievement in research.” He is the author of over twenty books, including, in English, translation, Music and Discourse: Toward a Semiology of Music (Princeton UP, 1987) and Wagner Androgyne: A Study in Interpretation (Princeton UP, 1993), and Proust as Musician (Cambridge, 1989).

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  • Sandra Frankel
  • Larry Broser
  • Joyce McDonough
  • Samuel Lerman

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