Motion as Music: Metre in Eighteenth-Century Contredanses

  • Alison Stevens, Music Theory
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Monday, October 21, 8-9 pm
    in the series
    Green College Resident Members' Series
  • In recent years music theorists have shown renewed interest in rhythm and metre, or how music is structured in time. Understanding of metre has also shifted from something present “in” music to a mode of perception, a listener behaviour. But despite this necessary shift, the role of the body in the experience of metre has been largely overlooked. In this presentation, Alison brings together cognitive research on the nature of metre with a collection of eighteenth-century French contredanses to show how this popular social dance would have shaped contemporary listeners’ experience of metre and music in general.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.


October 21st, 2019 from  8:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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