Megan Kaes Long

(she/her/hers)

  • Associate Professor of Music Theory

Areas of Study

Education

  • PhD, music theory, Yale University, 2014
  • MA, music theory, Yale University, 2010
  • BA, music, Pomona College, 2008

Biography

Megan Kaes Long studies European song traditions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the theoretical discourses that describe them. Her book, Hearing Homophony: Tonal Expectation at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

Long’s articles have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum and the Journal of Music Theory, and her research has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Long is also a mezzo-soprano who specializes in music of the Renaissance and baroque eras.

book cover for "hearing Harmony."

  • Hearing Homophony: Tonal Expectation at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century . New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • ‘‘What do Signatures Signify? The Curious Case of 17th-Century English Key.’’Journal of Music Theory 64, no. 2 (2020).
  • ‘‘Cadential Syntax and Tonal Expectation in Late Sixteenth-Century Homophony.’’ Music Theory Spectrum 40, no. 1 (2018).
  • ‘‘Characteristic Tonality in the Balletti of Gastoldi, Morley, and Hassler.’’ Journal of Music Theory 59, no. 2 (2015).

 

Notes

Megan Kaes Long publishes article in Journal for Music Theory

January 6, 2021

Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long published an article, “What do Signatures Signify? The Curious Case of Seventeenth-Century English Key,” in the most recent issue of the Journal for Music Theory. The article traces how key signatures transformed from a feature of notation to an aspect of music theory in seventeenth-century England.

Megan Kaes Long Publishes Monograph

June 8, 2020

Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long published a monograph, Hearing Homophony: Tonal Expectation at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century (Oxford University Press). The book, which appears on the series Oxford Studies in Music Theory, explores how the regular rhythms and text setting of sixteenth-century popular song provoked encouraged a kind of listening that we now think of as tonal.

Megan Kaes Long Awarded Fellowship

April 10, 2020

Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long was awarded an American Council Of Learned Societies Fellowship for the 2020–2021 academic year to support her research on tonal structure in the music of William Byrd.

Megan Long Gives Invited Talk

February 25, 2020

Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Long gave an invited talk titled "What Do Signature Signify: The Curious Case of Seventeenth-Century English Key" on February 21, 2020 at the University of Chicago.

Megan Long Leads Workshop

April 10, 2019

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Long led the graduate student workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State on April 5, 2019.

Megan Long Gives Invited Talk

February 11, 2019

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Long gave an invited talk called "What Do Signatures Signify? The Curious Case of 17th-Century English Key" at the University of Toronto on January 31, 2019.

Megan Kaes Long Organizes Conference

June 19, 2018

In her capacity as chair of the early music analysis interest group of the Society for Music Theory, Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long organized a conference that took place at the beginning of June at Brandeis University. The conference celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the important volume Tonal Structures in Early Music, edited by Cristle Collins Judd, and it featured fifteen papers as well as a roundtable discussion among five authors from the Tonal Structures volume.

Megan Kaes Long Publishes Essay

January 26, 2018

Megan Kaes Long, assistant professor of music theory, published an essay about her research on the blog, Women in Music Theory.  In it, Long describes the intersection between her experience as a singer, her time spent studying sixteenth-century sources, and her scholarly work.

Megan Kaes Long Receives NEH Summer Stipend

April 26, 2016

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend fellowship to support work on her monograph, Hearing Homophony: Characteristic Tonalities at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century. This summer she will travel to the British Library in London, the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to view sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music prints.

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