Ryan McClelland

Associate Professor of Music Theory

Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs

Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

 

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).

 

For my University of Toronto web bio (includes email address), click here.

 

For the Faculty of Music at University of Toronto, click here.

 

 

Publications       Papers       Awards       Courses      

 

Music Theory Links           Professional Development Links

 

 

Publications:

 

Book

 

Brahms and the Scherzo: Studies in Musical Narrative. Ashgate, 2010 (320pp., 173 musical examples).

            Table of Contents

            Index

            Excerpts from Google Books

 

“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

 

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Textbook

 

Analysis of 18th- and 19th-Century Musical Works in the Classical Tradition. Co-authored with David Beach. Routledge, 2012 (368pp., 150 musical examples).

 

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

 

“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.

 

 

Invited Articles

 

“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.

 

 

Conference Proceedings

 

“Brahms’s Op. 111 and the 8-line Urlinie.” In Essays from the Fourth International Schenker Symposium, Volume 2, ed. L. Poundie Burstein, Lynne Rogers, and Karen M. Bottge, 159–86. Olms, 2013.

 

“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.

 

 

Other Publications

 

Review of Eric McKee, Decorum of the Minuet, Delirium of the Waltz: A Study of Dance-Music Relations in 3/4 Time. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, forthcoming.

 

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.

 

 

 

Papers:

 

“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.

 

“Brahms oder Dietrich? An Analytic Perspective on the Piano Trio in A Major.” Canadian University Music Society Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, May 2009; also delivered at Music Theory Midwest Conference, Minneapolis, May 2009.

 

“Schenkerian Sonata Theory and Brahms’s String Quintet Op. 111.” Colloquium Series, Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario, October 2006.

 

“Brahms and the Principle of Destabilized Beginnings.” Canadian University Music Society Conference, York University, Toronto, May 2006.

 

“The First Movement of Brahms’s String Quintet Op. 111 and Sonata-Form Tradition.” Fourth International Schenker Symposium, Mannes College, New York, March 2006.

 

“Extended Upbeats in the Minuet: Interactions with Hypermeter and Phrase Structure.” Graduate Music Theory and Musicology Colloquium, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, November 2005.

 

“Teaching Phrase Rhythm and Hypermeter through Haydn’s Minuets.” College Music Society National Conference, Québec City, November 2005.

 

“Hypermeter, Phrase Length, and Temporal Disjuncture in Schubert’s Klavierstück D. 946, No. 3.” The Unknown Schubert: New Insights, New Perspectives, Luther College, University of Regina, December 2004.

 

“Recreating Beethoven’s Dramas: Metric Dissonance in Brahms’s Early C-Minor Scherzos.” Society for Music Theory National Conference, Seattle, WA, November 2004.

 

“Metric Dissonance in the Second Movement of Brahms’s Piano Trio, Op. 101.” Music Theory Society of New York State Meeting, Rochester, NY, April 2004; also delivered at Music Theory Midwest Conference, Bloomington, IN, May 2003.

 

“Melodic Process and Parallelism in Joan Tower’s Silver Ladders.” Society for Music Theory National Conference, Columbus, OH, November 2002.

 

“A Metrical Narrative in Brahms: Implications for Performance.” Music Theory Midwest Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2002.

 

“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.

 

“Continuity as Process: Directionality in the Music of Joan Tower.” Music Theory Colloquium Series, Indiana University, January 2002.

 

 

 

Awards:

 

Insight Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

            Project:    “Performing Metric Dissonance in the Music of Johannes Brahms”

                Duration:  April 1, 2013–March 31, 2016

 

Standard Research Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

            Project:    “The Scherzo-Type Movement in Nineteenth-Century Austro-German Music”

                Duration:  April 1, 2006–March 31, 2010

 

Connaught Award (University of Toronto)

            Project:    “Issues in Rhythm and Meter in Tonal Music”

            Duration:  July 1, 2004–June 30, 2006

 

 

 

Recent Elective Courses:

 

Cross-listed courses:

 

TMU401 / MUS3101 (Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis I) [fall 2005–10, fall 2012, fall 2013]

TMU404 / MUS3404 (Extended Tonal Techniques in Twentieth-Century Music) [winter 2013]

 

Graduate courses:

 

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, fall 2013]

MUS4200 (Seminar in Music Literature) [fall 2010]

MUS4615 (Analysis & Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music) [winter 2006, winter 2007, winter 2010]

 

 

 

Music Theory Links:

 

U of T Sites

            Music Theory Degrees and Faculty

            Musicology and Ethnomusicology Degrees and Faculty

            Composition Degrees and Faculty

            Applying for Graduate Study in Music Theory at University of Toronto

            Financial Support for Graduate Students at University of Toronto  

 

Other Sites

            Societies:         Society for Music Theory (SMT)

                                    American Musicological Society (AMS)

                                    Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)

                                    College Music Society

                                    Canadian University Music Society

                                   

            Journals:          Music Theory Online

                                    Music Theory Spectrum

                                    Journal of Music Theory

                                    Music Analysis

                                    Theory and Practice

                                    Intégral

                                    Indiana Theory Review

                                    Dutch Journal of Music Theory

                                    Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy

                                    Journal of Schenkerian Studies

                                    Perspectives of New Music

                                    Theoria           

 

 

 

Professional Development Links:

 

Academic Job Listings:University

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                                    Chronicle of Higher Education

                                    Higher Education Jobs

 

Job Search Resources: Information from U of T Comparative Literature (Hutcheon)

                                    Information from Harvard (Scholarly Pursuits: Guide to Professional Development)

                                    Information from Yale Career Services

                                    Information from Chicago Career Resource Center

                                    Music Theory and Composition Job Wiki

                                    Musicology and Ethnomusicology Job Wiki

                                    U of T Graduate Dossier Service (for reference letters)