Alfred Hook Lecture: Dean Sutcliffe - How Haydn clinches closure

Thursday 6 October 2016

Recital Hall East

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

You are invited to an Alfred Hook Lecture given by Professor Dean Sutcliffe (School of Music, University of Auckland)

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How Haydn clinches closure

In the later eighteenth century composers started to play with one of the basic facts of musical life – that all good pieces must come to an end. Haydn was a market leader in this respect. Through various acts of deception he contrived to catch the listener out, promising an end but not delivering it, or interfering with the expected timing of closure. Often accounted for as simple “joking”, this was in fact a revolutionary development, making listeners interact with the music they were hearing in an unprecedented way. It formed part of a wider reorientation towards a more sociable style, one that paid great attention to the simplest musical events, yet could also treat them in complex ways. I will discuss this interconnection between accessible simplicity and unsuspected complexity in later eighteenth-century instrumental music.

W. Dean Sutcliffe is Professor in the School of Music at the University of Auckland, and co-editor of Eighteenth-Century Music, published by Cambridge University Press, since its inception in 2004. His research interests are focussed on the eighteenth century. He was awarded the Dent Medal for 2009 by the Royal Musical Association. He is Vice President of the USA-based Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, a member of the Committee of Honour of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, a Director of the Haydn Society of North America, and has recently completed a term on the Council of the American Musicological Society.

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