University of Minnesota School of Music Presents Colloquium Series: “No Success Like Failure: On Bob Dylan’s Vocal Schemata"

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

This talk investigates Bob Dylan’s mercurial vocal practice through the lens of schema theory. The presentation surveys three of Dylan’s most common vocal schemata and explores their deployment in his early and late styles. Among other things, such a study reveals a vivid contrast between a “composerly” deployment of vocal schemata in the early studio recordings and a more loosely improvisational—even anarchic—process of schematic invention in Dylan’s recent live singing. Though the disparity between these early and late styles is often dramatic, I will suggest that the concept of schema—suitably nuanced—provides a useful heuristic for understanding Dylan’s vocal practice across his career.

Venue Information

University of Minnesota Ferguson Hall, Room 280
2106 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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This event is free and open to the public.
Lisa Marshall

Presenting Organization

University of Minnesota - School of Music