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Major Award for Southampton Music Professor

Published: 16 November 2017
Professor Danuta Mirka
Professor Danuta Mirka

Professor Danuta Mirka has won the Roland Jackson Award from the American Musicological Society (AMS) for her essay 'The mystery of the cadential six-four’.

The essay appears in in Neuwirth, Markus and Bergé, Pieter (eds.) What is a Cadence? Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Cadences in the Classical Repertoire (Leuven, Leuven University Press, 2015), 157-184.

The award recognizes an article in the English language of exceptional merit in the field of music analysis by a scholar who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.  It was announced during the business meeting of the AMS in Rochester, NY on Saturday, 11 November. The citation reads as follows:

"This year’s winner of the Jackson Award deals with a matter of central concern for tonal music theory and analysis. It examines subtle concepts found in writings by eighteenth-century theorists. It then applies the resulting insights to analysis of harmonic, rhythmic, stylistic, formal, and expressive features of quartets by Joseph Haydn, focusing on selected passages along with their interaction with the larger compositional context. This essay not only helps illuminate the magic of these specific works, but it also provides a model for how to apply examination of the history of music theory in service of top-level music analysis."

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