Music Analysis

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Edited By: William Drabkin

Online ISSN: 1468-2249

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Society for Music Analysis



The Society for Music Analysis (SMA) is Britain's leading organisation dedicated to music theory and analysis.

The SMA is interested in music theory in the broadest sense, encompassing critical theory, aesthetics, semiotics, music psychology, cognitive science, and music technology. The Society runs themed conferences and promote or co-organise events with other institutions. SMA are also the UK hub for the regular series of European Music Analysis Conferences ('EuroMAC's).

Members of SMA can subscribe to the journal Music Analysis at a generously discounted rate, and students can join the SMA for only £10 (or £20 including a subscription to Music Analysis).

Awarding Grants

Music Analysis grants

Music Analysis makes grants from its Development Fund in the form of support for travel and subsistence to UK-based students and scholars working in the discipline of music analysis to attend conferences abroad, to consult library and archival resources or to pursue other comparable research activities. Find out more here.

Award Winning Articles


Music Analysis News

We are pleased to announce that Roman Ivanovitch’s article, ‘Mozart’s Art of Retransition’, has received the 2012 Marjorie Weston Emerson Award from the Mozart Society of America. Click here to read the article.

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Goldman's article Charting Mémoriale: Paradigmatic Analysis and Harmonic Schemata in Boulez's ... explosante-fixe ... has won an Opus Prize in the category of "Article of the year," a classical music award handed out by the Quebec Music Council (CQM).

This article addresses the salient features of Pierre Boulez's 1985 composition Mémoriale through a series of explanatory charts.

Special Issue


Music Analysis Special Issue

A Special Issue on Music and Emotion
This triple special issue, which forms the entirety of volume 29, includes papers from musicology, music theory, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, film studies and aesthetics.

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Praise for Music Analysis

The Times Higher EducationThe journal has created interest not only because of the substantial articles by Allen Forte, Carl Schachter, Arnold Whittall and the like, but also for its review articles on topics of importance to the non-specialist. Music Analysis is eclectic, informative and reasonably priced.
Times Higher Education Supplement