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Judith Lochhead

Professor of Music History & Theory lochhead

Judith Lochhead is a music theorist and musicologist whose work focuses on recent musical practices of primarily North America and Europe. Lochhead has articles appearing in such English-language journals as Music Theory Spectrum , the Journal of the American Musicological Society , Music Theory Online, Theory and Practice, In Theory Only , Perspectives of New Music , Intégral, Indiana Theory Review, and others. Lochhead also has articles in several edited collections, including in The Oxford Handbook on Spectral Music and The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination .  Book-length publications include:   Reconceiving Structure: New Tools in Music Theory and Analysis (Routledge, 2015); Music’s Immanent Future: Beyond Past and Present , co-edited with Sally Macarthur and Jennifer Shaw (Ashgate 2016); Sound and Affect: Sound, Music, World , edited by Judith Lochhead, Eduardo Mendieta, and Stephen Decatur Smith  (University of Chicago Press 2021); and Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought, co-edited by Judith Lochhead and Joseph Auner (Routledge 2001).  

Lochhead’s current projects include: “Émilie du Châtelet, Kaija Saariaho and Heroes of the 21st Century,” The Heroic in Music from Medieval ;  Festschrift for Leo Treitler, special volume of Musical Quarterly , co-edited by Judith Lochhead and Vera Micznik; “The Performer’s Listener:  An Aesthetic of Possibility,” Thinking Music: Praxis and Aesthetics , Special Issue of Continental Thought and Theo ry : A Journal of Intellectual Freedom; “Timbre’s Realities: A Phenomenological Study of Liza Lim’s Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus ,”  forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of the Phenomenology of Music , eds, Steege, Wiskus, De Souza. (under contract with Oxford); “Situational Multiplicities: A Queering analysis of Chaya Czernowin’s Anea Crystal” to appear in Queering Music Theory, ed. Gavin Lee (under contract with Oxford).

Recent courses include:  Undergraduate--Rock, Popular Music and Society; Music and Culture of the 1960s.  Graduate--Theories of Timbre and Timbral Analysis; Listening, Hearing, Perception: Contests of the Ear; Music Analysis, New Materialisms, and Music of the Present; and Perspectives on the Performance of Music Since 1945, with Eduardo Leandro.  

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