International Conference

Again & Again
Musical Repetition in Aesthetics, Analysis and Experience

Thursday 25 – Friday 26 April 2019
City, University of London Music Department


Repetition is one of music’s most fundamental and definitive features. From the recapitulation in sonata form, to self-similar cells in the late music of Morton Feldman, to the layering of repetitive loops in Electronic Dance Music, to cyclical quasi-repetition in African drumming: the notion of repetition penetrates all areas and domains of music-making. In fields such as music production, industry, education, and performance, the notions of repetition and repeatability have similarly proven to be vital.

‘Again and Again’ aims to stimulate a broad, interdisciplinary conversation about musical repetition in its broadest and its most particular terms. We invite perspectives from across all domains of music studies, including music history, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, popular music studies, and sound studies.

Highlights of the conference will include a keynote presentation by Professor Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis (Distinguished Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas and author of ‘On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind’) and a performance by London-based Explore Ensemble, who will perform Morton Feldman’s 1987 work ‘Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello’.

‘Again & Again’ is generously supported by the Royal Musical Association (RMA), the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and the City, University of London Music Department.

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