Guest Lecture in Music Theory

Venue: Cook Recital Hall

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Matthew BaileyShea, associate professor of music, University of Rochester

What’s in a Line? Expressive Tensions in Popular Song

Poets often create wonderful tensions by juxtaposing lines with regular, predictable patterns against lines that are far more erratic. Songwriters often create similar effects, but they manifest much differently in music than they do in poetry. Indeed, we sometimes can’t even be entirely sure what constitutes a “line” in popular song. Dr. BaileyShea of the University of Rochester considers these issues from a variety of angles, looking at examples from rock, rap, jazz, and musical theater.

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