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  • Professor of Music Theory
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Education

  • PhD, McGill University, 1996
  • MA, Eastman School of Music, 1991
  • BM, University Toronto, 1988

Publications

  • Leydon, R. (2018). Review: Yayoi Uno Everett, Reconfiguring Myth and Narrative in Contemporary Opera in JAMS 71/1 (April 2018)
  • Leydon, R. (2016). “Scelsi’s Pfhat: Apparitions of a Monumental Past.” https://sites.google.com/oberlin.edu/rvleydon/essays
  • Leydon, R. (2013). “Debussy Redux,” Music Theory Online Volume 19/2 (June 2013)
  • Leydon, R. (2012). “Clean as a Whistle: Timbral Trajectories and the Modern Musical Sublime,” Music Theory Online Volume 18/2.
  • Leydon, R. (2012). “Narrativity, Descriptivity, and Secondary Parameters: Ecstasy Enacted in Salvatore Sciarrino’s Infinito Nero,” in Michael Klein and Nicholas Reyland, eds, Narrative and Music Since 1900. Indiana University Press.
  • Leydon, R. (2010). “Recombinant Style Topics: Musical Form and the Logic of Sampling,” Sounding Out Pop: Analytical Essays in Popular Music. Mark Spicer and John Covach, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Leydon, R. (2005). “The Sounds of Early Cinema.” Book review in Journal of the American Musicological Society 58/1.
  • Leydon, R. (2004). “Forbidden Planet: Effects and Affects in the Electro Avant-garde,” in Off the Planet: Music, Sound, and Science Fiction Cinema, Philip Hayward, ed. London, Bloomington: John Libbey, Indiana University Press.
  • Leydon, R. (2004). “Hooked on Aetherophonics: The Day the Earth Stood Still,” in Off the Planet: Music, Sound, and Science Fiction Cinema, P. Hayward, ed. London, Bloomington: John Libbey, Indiana University Press.
  • Leydon, R. (2002). “‘Ces nymphes, je les veux perpétuer:’ The Post-war Pastoral in Spaceage Bachelor-Pad Music,” in Popular Music 22/2: 159-172.
  • Leydon, R. (2002). “Towards a Typology of Minimalist Tropes,” Music Theory Online 8.4.
  • Leydon, R. (2002). “The Soft-Focus Sound,” in Perspectives of New Music. 39/2: 96-107.
  • Leydon, R., K. Kärki, H. Terho, eds. (2002). Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Proceedings of the 11th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Turku, Finland: IASPM-Norden.
  • Leydon, R. (2001). “Debussy’s Late Style and the Devices of the Early Silent Cinema,” in Music Theory Spectrum, 23/2: 217-241.
  • Leydon, R. (2000). “Utopias of the Tropics: Les Baxter and Yma Sumac,” in Widening the Horizons: Exoticism in Post-War popular Music, Phil Hayward, ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 45-71.
  • Leydon, R. (1996). “Narrative Strategies in Debussy’s Late Style,” PhD Dissertation, McGill University. UMI Dissertations.

Research Interests

Musical semiotics, 20th century music, music and visual culture, musical form, popular music, film music, and avant-garde practices.