I have recently purchased the website www.gesualdo.co.uk, keep your eyes peeled for when it comes online!
On 27th April I will be presenting my paper: Eroticism in Gesualdo’s Sparge la morte at the SMA Theory and Analysis Graduate Students Conference, Institute of Musical Research, London, 27-28 April 2011, before rushing off to play the organ on the evening of the 28th.
February 2011, saw my first (hopefully more to follow) ‘Gesualdo’ pilgrimage. Have a look at the photos at www.gesualdo.co.uk/photos .
Musical analysis in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has much in common with that of the sixteenth century, namely that no theoretical treatise exists adequate enough to explain contemporary practice. Whilst the analyst of twentieth century music may find practices such as serialism a suitable departure point for the analysis of some composers, for a great many others this would be totally inadequate. Not that this has any bearing on the composer, who can be completely satisfied with their own methods, but rather it forces the musicologist to provide a more individual analysis to suit a specific composer. Once developed,…