Department of Music Lecture: Ian Quinn, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Yale University
"Scenes from an Imaginary History of Mode in the West"
Ian Quinn is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Yale University. His early work on the foundations of pitch-class set theory earned him the Emerging Scholar Award and the Outstanding Publication Award from the Society for Music Theory. His current project on the history of tonality blends computer-aided corpus analysis, research in music cognition, fieldwork in the community of shape-note singers, and critical engagement with the history of music theory to build a radically new model of tonal cognition with analytical applications in Western music reaching back to the first chant notations and extending beyond the notated classical tradition. His manuscript in progress is Ludus Tonalis Novus: Documents of an Imaginary History of Mode in the West. With John Ashley Burgoyne and Daniel Shanahan, he is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Corpus Studies in Music, to be published in 2018. He is a former Editor and current Associate Editor of the Journal of Music Theory, and an Associate Editor of Psychomusicology.