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Maths and Music Talks

Gresham College Professor explores the topic 

Maths and Music talk

If you are interested in maths and music, this series of talks by Professor Sarah Hart sound very interesting.  Sarah is the first woman Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, and was appointed in 2020. 

For more details, please see below.

The Mathematics of Musical Composition

Tuesday 13 October 2020 1pm-2pm, online (or watch later) Professor Sarah Hart

Pattern and structure are essential to music, from the permutations in a Bach fugue, to the structure of a round.

This lecture will explore the mathematics of musical symmetries, such as the “translational symmetry” of the transposition of keys, and the “rotational symmetry” of the duet “Der Spiegel”, attributed to Mozart.

It will go on to explore the last century’s experimentation with the use of mathematical forms to produce intriguing effects, including in the works of Arnold Schoenberg and Per Nørgård.

You can read about the rest of the series here.

Ms Robinson
Challenge Coordinator