64th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference
Oregon State University
October 26-27, 2012
Philosophy Department Party!
Come enjoy pizza, refreshments, and conversation with friends and peers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4:30PM, Eaton 309
Mark Perlman (WOU), "Authentic Performance of Music: From Bach and Handel to Elvis, Ray Charles, and the Blues Brothers"
Friday, March 8, 4:15PM, Eaton 307
Note: Prof. Perlman will discuss, in part, pieces that he'll perform with the Salem Chamber Orchestra on March 10.
This context makes it appear as if the authenticity debate depends on old music, for which we have written scores but no original recordings. I argue that this is not the case, and that authenticity is not a mere historical problem – it revolves around musical styles and genres. Authenticity is a stylistic and aesthetic problem that potentially can arise in any genre of music, from any era. With examples from Be-Bop, R&B, Blues, Country/Western and Rock-and-Roll we can see that certain styles are ‘authentic’ in a genre, and others are not. With musical examples from Elvis to Ray Charles to The Blues Brothers, I will show how the same kinds of authenticity questions that arise with baroque and classical music arise in contemporary pop music. I will use this phenomenon to shed some light on the issue of musicians’ obligation to play music authentically, or at least to strike to do so. In doing so we can shed light on what a musical “genre” really is.
This will be an informal and non-technical presentation using a variety of sound and video examples, accessible to the general audience and not presupposing specific philosophical background.
Student Scholarship Recognition Day
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
17th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
April 19-20, 2013
Critical Theory Conference
University of Oregon
April 19-20, 2013