Fermata 2018 Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Music)

21 March 2018 - 17 October 2018

5 - 6:30pm

Venue: Music Theatre, School of Music

Location: 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: School of Music

Cost: Free admission, registrations not required

Contact email: creative@auckland.ac.nz

Fermata 2018 at the School of Music

Founded by Associate Professor Allan Badley and Senior Lecturer Davinia Caddy, the series aims to showcase the distinctive specialisms and issues pertaining to the study and history of music, featuring our staff's exciting research.

Discover the various study and career pathways in musicology.

Wednesday 21 March, 5-6.30pm

Davy Crockett, Slue-Foot Sue and the Triple R: Folksong and Fakesong in Walt Disney’s 1950s

Dr Gregory Camp



During the 1950s the Walt Disney Studio become particularly concerned with creating an idealised vision of America’s past, and Disney and his co-creators enlisted music to help achieve this. Through careful use of folksong material as well as new music written in a style that negotiates between folksong and contemporary popular music (fakesong), Disney musicalised the past in a way that spoke to the present. This paper will examine the musical materials and cultural meanings of this fakesong across Disney’s 1950s film, television, and theme park texts. The studio’s western films and television shows of the late 1950s include examples of fakesong in ballads or dance-songs, most famously the Ballad of Davy Crockett.Westward Ho the Wagons (1956) features newly-composed ballads that musicalise the journey of a wagon train and The Light in the Forest (1958) uses a dance scene to illustrate the protagonist’s outsider status. The Mickey Mouse Club presented 1950s children with a great deal of music, especially in serials like Spin and Marty and Annette. These television episodes proffer group singing (of both fakesong and folksong) as a constant presence in American childhood. Finally, Disneyland allowed audiences to experience American music in real life: Main Street, U.S.A., the entry area to the park, created a turn-of-the-century soundscape, and the Golden Horseshoe Review was a sanitised version of a wild west saloon show. These examples demonstrate the centrality of music to the Disney studio as its products and their presentation of the past became an integral part of daily life in mid-century America.

Wednesday 18 April, 5-6.30pm

Drake Medal Presentation

Ben Kubiak

Established in 2010 by the School of Music, the Drake Medal is awarded annually to a senior student for the best musicology essay of the year.

Last year's winner Ben Kubiak will lead this Fermata session and deliver findings from his award-winning Honours dissertation focusing on rock musical theatre.

Wednesday 2 May, 5-6.30pm

Kevin Field, Senior Lecturer
Roger Manins, Senior Lecturer

Pianist, composer and Senior Lecturer Kevin Field has collaborated with some of the top international names in jazz including bassist Matt Penman, drummer Obed Calvaire  and guitarist Nir Felder, who all feature on his latest album The A List. He has performed concerts in the UK, USA, and Australia, and features on over 30 albums including Nathan Haines’ releases The Poets Embrace and Vermillion Skies and recordings by such artists as Whirimako Black, Jennifer Zea, and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Kevin has released several of his own albums including 2012’s Field of Vision on the Warner Music label. 

Senior Lecturer Roger Manins is widely regarded as one of the premier saxophonists in the Southern hemisphere. He performs regularly throughout New Zealand and Australia, and is featured on over 30 albums as a sideman with six releases of his own. Also active in the music community,Roger is co-founder and Artistic Director of CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa, and helps coordinate the Auckland Jazz festival.

Roger and Kevin will each discuss and demonstrate their respective research. Roger will focus on a restricted framework for the creation of composition and improvisation within set sonic diameters, while Kevin, off the back of his recent sell-out doctoral performance, will acquaint us with the Modes of Limited Transposition as a vehicle for effective and innovative tension within a jazz improvisational context.

The two Senior Jazz Lecturers will also perform together during the session.

Wednesday 16 May, 5-6.30pm

Dr Morag Atchison, Voice Lecturer

Details to follow.

Wednesday 30 May, 5-6.30pm

Storace’s Collection of Original Harpsichord Music as a Harbinger of Modernity

Halvor Hosar, doctoral candidate
Allan Badley, Associate Professor


Multi-composer collections of keyboard pieces were issued regularly by English publishers over the course of the eighteenth century. These vary markedly in their scale, ambition and purpose but they all provide a lens through which to examine contemporary music culture. One collection, however, stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of its quality and historical importance: Stephen Storace’s Collection of Original Harpsichord Music published in two volumes, each comprising six parts, between 1787 and 1789.

Storace’s Collection is dominated by works he acquired while he was living in Vienna and includes seven compositions by his friend Mozart. But Mozart was not the only composer with whom Storace was acquainted, and his publication of works to which he appears to have enjoyed unique access, implies that their composers may have been willing and active participants in his ambitious publishing venture.

This paper explores how the Collection was compiled and published and argues that in spite of its obvious element of self-promotion, it can also be viewed on a deeper level as part of Storace’s wider personal mission to modernise English music in the light of his revelatory musical experiences in Vienna.

Wednesday 25 July, 5-6.30pm



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Wednesday 8 August, 5-6.30pm


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Wednesday 22 August, 5-6.30pm


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Wednesday 19 September, 5-6.30pm


This event is part of the School of Music Festival.
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Wednesday 3 October, 5-6.30pm


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Wednesday 17 October, 5-6.30pm


Final Fermata lecture for 2018. Details to follow.