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Naomi Waltham-Smith

Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania

Naomi Waltham-Smith has been an Assistant Professor in Music at the University of Pennsylvania since 2012, having studied and taught previously in England. She is particularly interested in the intersection between music analysis and recent Continental philosophy, and is currently writing a book on the relation between notions of political community and the way in which communities of listeners are created through the formal and stylistic characteristics of late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century music. She has written on the ethical dilemmas raised by the music of Beethoven and Wagner, and on the experience of listening in these and other repertoires. She is also embarking upon a longer-term project on urban street sound which investigates the relation between politics and listening practices in a number of cities.


PANEL: Daedalus Quartet Performance and Conversation
TITLE: "Neuroscience, History, and Social Dynamics in Beethoven's Great Fugue." A Live Performance and Conversation with Jim Sykes, Naomi Waltham-Smith, and Mike Kaplan.
TIME: Friday, September 12, 11:30am – 1:00pm