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Music theory professor publishes article on Haydn's use of bariolage

April 1, 2011

James S. MacKay, Ph.D., associate professor of music theory, recently published an article, "Bariolage and Formal Design: Haydn's ‘The Frog,’ Opus 50, No. 6, Finale," in Haydn-Studien, the official scholarly journal of the Joseph Haydn Institute in Cologne, Germany. The article was published in volume 10 of the journal, released in summer 2010.

According to MacKay, bariolage is a technique where string players play the same note in alternation on two different strings. “This paper explores how Haydn uses this special sound effect to highlight important moments in certain symphonies and string quartets,” said MacKay.

MacKay’s research focuses primarily on formal and performance practice issues in classical keyboard music and the analysis of early music, especially the sacred vocal music of William Byrd, the subject of his doctoral dissertation. He has been with the College of Music and Fine Arts since 1999.

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