Reprise Lectures in Music: "That Complex Whole: Making Sense of Music"

January 8, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:25pm
109 Hughes Hall, 1899 College Rd

David Huron, professor at the Ohio State School of Music, presents "That Complex Whole: Making Sense of Music," the first in a series of ten Reprise Lectures in Music, Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Ohio State's main campus. These lectures are FREE and open to the public.

Marking two decades of research in the Ohio State Cognitive & Systematic Musicology Laboratory, this lecture series presents research discoveries and observations spanning a range of musical topics. The lectures are oriented toward a general audience and should be accessible to students and faculty from across campus. PDF icon Reprise Lectures in Music Series [pdf]

Music reflects a multitude of different kinds of influences. These influences include acoustical, biological, perceptual, cognitive, idiomatic, historical, economic, technological, formal, social, cultural and other factors. This presentation describes a dozen contrasting studies that provide complementary insights into musical organization and behavior. Dr. Huron suggests that no single approach holds the key to understanding music, and that music scholarship needs to be even more interdisciplinary and multifaceted than is currently supposed. PDF icon Reprise Lecture #1 poster [pdf]

David Huron is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor in the School of Music at The Ohio State University and is also affiliated with the Ohio State Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Huron is best known for his research in music perception, cognition and emotion. Over the course of his career, he has produced 170 scholarly publications including several books, and has given over 400 lectures and presentations in 25 countries, including 28 keynote conference addresses. Dr. Huron has been the Ernest Bloch Visiting Lecturer at the University of California–Berkeley, the Donald Wort Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the Astor Lecturer at Oxford. In 2002 he received the Outstanding Publication Award from the Society for Music Theory, and in 2007 he received the Wallace Berry Book Award. In 2017 he received the Society for Music Perception and Cognition's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Reprise Lectures in Music Series


  • Jan. 30: The Case for an Empirical Musicology
  • Feb. 6: A Psychological Theory of the Musically Sublime
  • Feb. 13: The Enjoyment of Sad Music
  • Feb. 20: Music, Technology and Values: Toward a Theory of Moral Design
  • Feb. 27: Cultural Relativism and Cultural Policy
  • March 6: Music and Nostalgia
  • March 20: Discoveries from the OSU Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory
  • April 3: Music and the Digital Humanities
  • April 10: Issues in Musicology: Problems and Prospects
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