Music Theorist Ben Levy presents at Ligeti Symposium 2017

Music Theorist and UCSB Assistant Professor Ben Levy recently gave a talk at the Ligeti Symposium 2017, held by the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. His paper focused on the connections between György Ligeti and Kaija Saariaho, both composers who are indirectly associated with the so-called “Spectral School” of composition. He will give another talk related to this line of research at the Spectralisms conference held at Oxford University this March (more information: www.music.ox.ac.uk/spectralisms/). He is pictured here after chairing a session with Jane Piper Clendinning (Florida State University) and Klaas Coulembier (University of Leuven, Belgium) in the Organ Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre.
 
About Professor Ben Levy
 
Dr. Ben Levy is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory specializing in contemporary music. His primary focus has been the music of György Ligeti and other avant-garde composers who use texture and timbre as structural elements in their music. His article “Shades of the Studio: Electronic Influences on Ligeti’s Apparitions,” published in Perspectives of New Music, received the Society for Music Theory’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2011 and an article on the composer’s Requiem and Lux aeterna will appear in Twentieth-Century Music. Dr. Levy is currently completing a book tracing Ligeti’s radical change in style during the 1950s and 60s, based on study of the composer’s sketches held at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel. He has also published essays in books through PFAU Verlag and Pendragon Press and has presented his research at national and international conferences across Europe and North America. In addition to his work on Ligeti, Dr. Levy has written on Iannis Xenakis and Morton Feldman, and he is currently working as the translator and editor of the Schoenberg-Webern Correspondence, which will be published as part of Oxford University Press’s series, Schoenberg in Words
 
Dr. Levy holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland, where he received the Davis Award for Outstanding Graduate Research and a Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, and a bachelor’s degree in Music and Classics from Washington University in St. Louis. Before arriving at U.C. Santa Barbara, he served on the faculty at Arizona State University and has also taught at Towson University, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.
Professor Ben Levy (center) with Jane Piper Clendinning (Florida State University) and Klaas Coulembier (University of Leuven, Belgium) in the Organ Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre.