Dr. David Frances Urrows shares insights into current critical musicology
Dr. David Francis Urrows, visiting scholar from the Department of
Music, Hong Kong Baptist University shared his insights on critical
musicology, by speaking about two of his recent academic
publications on: (1) the different ideologies between mid-19th
critical editions and interpretive (“artistic”) editions and (2) the
mid-19th c American social construction of the image of the 12th c
nun and composer Hildegard von Bingen. Part of the music-culture
workshop of the PhD music program, the event was meant to broaden
the conceptual toolkit of doctoral students and instill in them the
appreciation for the vast, interdisciplinary field of musicology,
especially its dominant subfield in the West, historical musicology.
A common theme ran through Dr. Urrows’ presentation that summarized
his two publications. This was on the notion of the social
construction of texts, which has been a current pre-occupation in
musicology. It has affinity with critical theory, deconstruction,
and post structuralism.
Ms. Lara Mendoza, UP PhD music student, responded to Dr. Urrows
presentation, after which a discussion with the audience on various
topics ensued. The event was moderated by UP teaching assistant Ma.
Edelquinn Sy Beltran.
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