Harmonic Language and Triadic Magic in the Last ‘Fantastic’ Operas by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
University of Liverpool
Prof Kenneth Forkert-Smith
Prof Michael Spitzer
Marta is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. After having completed a first-class honours BMus at the University of Edinburgh and a MA with distinction in Music Psychology at the University of Sheffield, she moved to Liverpool in 2019 to undertake a PhD. Her research focuses on late nineteenth-century harmonic practices, specifically in the works of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. She is interested in examining the composer’s non-diatonic harmonic language in his last fantastic operas, exploring his use of symmetrical scales and chords. Her PhD is aimed at developing new analytical tools to elucidate the inner workings of Rimsky-Korsakov’s harmonic techniques.
Music theory and analysis.
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Newcastle University, 11-13 July 2022.
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Conference. Online, 24-26 June 2022.
- ‘Cyclical Patterns and Symmetrical Scales: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Magic’. TAGS Annual Conference. City, University of
London, 12 November 2021.
- ‘Equal Octave Divisions in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Operatic Output’. 10th European Music Analysis Conference. Online,
20-24 September 2021.
- ‘Magical Thirds Cycle in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Operatic Output’. Society for Music Analysis Annual Conference. Online,
28-30 July 2021.
- ‘Equal Octave Divisions in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Operatic Output’. Institute for Russian Music Studies Conference.
Online, 14-17 July 2021.
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12–14 January 2021.
- ‘Equal Octave Divisions in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Operatic Output’. GATM XVII Convegno. Online, 26-29 November 2020.