Ryan McClelland—Associate Professor of
Music Theory, University of
This site provides some information on research activities, course offerings as well as links to a few music theory and professional development sites (from within and outside U of T).
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Brahms and the Scherzo: Studies in Musical Narrative. Ashgate, 2010 (320pp., 173 musical examples).
“McClelland’s book is unquestionably an essential milestone in Brahms studies that will surely be lasting and much cited.”
Michael Vaillancourt, Notes 68/1 (September 2011). Vaillancourt’s full review is accessible on thefreelibrary.com
Analysis of 18th- and 19th-Century Musical Works in the Classical Tradition. Co-authored with David Beach. Routledge, 2012 (368pp., 150 musical examples).
“Brahms and the Principle of Destabilised Beginnings.” Music Analysis 28/1 (2009): 3–61.
“Discontinuity and Performance: The Allegro appassionato from Brahms’s Sonata Op. 120, No. 2.” Dutch Journal of Music Theory 12/2 (2007): 200–14.
“Metric Dissonance in Brahms’s Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 101.” Intégral 20 (2006): 1–42.
“Extended Upbeats in the Classical Minuet: Interactions with Hypermeter and Phrase Structure.” Music Theory Spectrum 28/1 (2006): 23–56.
“Teaching Phrase Rhythm through Minuets from Haydn’s String Quartets.” Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 20 (2006): 5–35.
“Tonal and Rhythmic-Metric Process in Brahms’s Early C-Minor Scherzos.” Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music 26/1 (2005): 123–47.
“Brahms’s Capriccio Op. 76, No. 8: Ambiguity, Conflict, Musical Meaning, and Performance.” Theory and Practice 29 (2004): 69–94.
“Form and Hypermeter in Brahms’s ‘Tiny’ Scherzo for the Piano Concerto Op. 83.” The American Brahms Society Newsletter XXVI/1 (2008): 1–5.
“Performance and Analysis Studies: An Overview and a Bibliography.” Indiana Theory Review 24 (2003): 95–106.
Essay in Collection
“Sequence as Expressive Culmination in the Chamber Music of Brahms.” In Expressive Intersections in Brahms: Essays in Analysis and Meaning, ed. Heather Platt and Peter H. Smith, 147–85. Indiana University Press, 2012.
“Brahms’s Op. 111 and the 8-line Urlinie.” In Essays from the Fourth International Schenker Symposium, ed. L. Poundie Burstein, Lynne Rogers, and Karen Bottge. Olms, forthcoming.
“Hypermeter, Phrase Length, and Temporal Disjuncture in Schubert’s Klavierstück D. 946, No. 3.” In The Unknown Schubert, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Barbara Reul, 157–75. Ashgate, 2008.
Review of Peter Smith, Expressive Forms in Brahms’s Instrumental Music. Theory and Practice 31 (2006): 209–24.
Translation of Márta Grabócz, “Les théories du récit d’après Paul Ricoeur et leurs correspondences avec la narrativité musicale,” in Le récit et les arts (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1998), 75–98. Published as “Paul Ricoeur’s Theories of Narrative and Their Relevance for Musical Narrativity,” Indiana Theory Review 20/2 (1999): 19–39.
“Half-Diminished-Seventh Openings in Brahms’s Lieder.” Fifth International Schenker Symposium, Mannes College, New York, March 2013.
“Brahms’s Half-Diminished Seventh Chords as Agents of Tonal Motion.” 17th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Edinburgh, June 2012.
“Brahms and Fauxbourdon.” Canadian University Music Society Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, May 2012.
“Hemiola as Agent of Metric Resolution in the Music of Brahms.” Brahms in the New Century, New York, March 2012.
“Metric Dissonance in the Scherzo of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.” Society for Music Theory National Conference, Minneapolis, October 2011.
“Tonal Recollection in Third Movements from Schubert’s Late Instrumental Music.” Thanatos as Muse: Schubert and Concepts of Late Style, National University of Ireland Maynooth, October 2011.
“Sequence as Culmination in the Chamber Music of Brahms.” Society for Music Theory National Conference, Montréal, November 2009; also delivered at Music Colloquium Series, University of Notre Dame, November 2009.
Dietrich? An Analytic Perspective on the Piano Trio in A Major.” Canadian
University Music Society Conference,
Sonata Theory and Brahms’s String Quintet Op. 111.” Colloquium
Series, Don Wright Faculty of Music,
and the Principle of Destabilized Beginnings.”
First Movement of Brahms’s String Quintet Op. 111 and Sonata-Form
Tradition.” Fourth International Schenker
Upbeats in the Minuet: Interactions with Hypermeter and Phrase
Structure.” Graduate Music Theory and Musicology Colloquium, Faculty of
Phrase Rhythm and Hypermeter through Haydn’s Minuets.” College Music
Society National Conference,
Phrase Length, and Temporal Disjuncture in Schubert’s Klavierstück
D. 946, No. 3.” The Unknown Schubert: New Insights, New Perspectives,
Beethoven’s Dramas: Metric Dissonance in Brahms’s Early C-Minor
Scherzos.” Society for Music Theory National Conference,
Dissonance in the Second Movement of Brahms’s Piano Trio, Op. 101.”
Music Theory Society of New York State Meeting,
Process and Parallelism in Joan Tower’s Silver Ladders.”
Society for Music Theory National Conference,
Metrical Narrative in Brahms: Implications for Performance.” Music Theory
“Rhythm, Meter, Motive, Lewin, and Brahms’s Capriccio Op. 76, No. 8.” Indiana University Graduate Theory Association’s Twelfth Biennial Symposium of Research in Music Theory, February 2002.
as Process: Directionality in the Music of
Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Project: “The Scherzo-Type Movement in Nineteenth-Century Austro-German Music”
Duration: April 1, 2006–March 31, 2010
Project: “Issues in Rhythm and Meter in Tonal Music”
Duration: July 1, 2004–June 30, 2006
Recent premiere performances include solo piano and chamber works by Jason Gray (2008), Hiroki Tsurumoto (2007), Fuhong Shi (2007), Troy Ducharme (2006, 2005), Jackie Shin (2006), Andrew Staniland (2006), and Jordan Pal (2006).
TMU401 / MUS3101 (Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis I) [fall 2005, fall 2006, fall 2007, fall 2008, fall 2009, fall 2010, fall 2012]
TMU404 / MUS3404 (Extended Tonal Techniques in Twentieth-Century Music) [winter 2013]
MUS3102 (Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis II) [winter 2006, winter 2007, winter 2010]
MUS3208 (The String Quartet in the Twentieth Century) [winter 2006, fall 2007, fall 2009]
MUS3238 (Instrumental Music of Robert Schumann) [winter 2008]
MUS3306 (Pedagogy of Music Theory) [winter 2011]
MUS3308 (Introduction to Research in Music Theory) [fall 2005]
MUS3309 (Brahms: Symphonies and Chamber Music) [winter 2007, fall 2008, fall 2012]
MUS3412 (Theories of Rhythm and Metre) [winter 2005, fall 2006, winter 2009]
MUS4200 (Seminar in Music Literature) [fall 2010]
MUS4615 (Analysis & Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music) [winter 2006, winter 2007, winter 2010]
U of T Sites
Societies: Society for Music Theory (SMT)
Journals: Music Theory Online
Academic Job Listings:University