Music and Memory

In this talk, Professor Lawrence Zbikowski will explore the relationships between music and memory, and in particular the way various compositional strategies exploit and challenge human memory systems. Portions of the presentation will be illustrated by Richard Wagner's treatment of the opening leitmotiv from Tristan und Isolde, but the primary example will be Toru Takemitsu's Equinox, a short work for guitar written in 1994. This talk is an excellent introduction to the academic study of classical music, and presumes no prior knowledge on the part of the audience.


Saint Paul, Minnesota

Event Details

Lawrence Zbikowski is an associate professor of music at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1993. His principal research interests involve applying recent work in cognitive science to various problems confronted by music scholars, with a particular focus on music theory and analysis.

Members of the Chicago Society, Harper Society, or Phoenix Society, and one guest, are welcome to attend free of charge when registering in advance. To take advantage of this benefit, or to request more information, please email with your name, the name of your guest, and your contact information.


$20/person general admission

$10/person for young alumni (Young alumni are College graduates of the past 10 years and professional school graduates of the past 5 years.)

Includes program and reception


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Deadline: 5/6/2012


Harper Lectures 


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This lecture is part of the Harper Lecture series offered to the University community across the country and around the world by the University of Chicago Alumni Association. Named for the University's first President, William Rainey Harper, the series carries on his vision of broadly accessible and innovative education. For more information about educational opportunities (including study trips, online resources, and more), visit the alumni education resources page on the Alumni and Friends website.