News and Upcoming Events


  • September 1, 2022: retirement from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. During my retirement I plan to continue active research in music theory. 

  • September 2021: paper presentation, "The 'Iconic Cadence': A Post-Romantic Case of Cadential Nostalgia and Irony," at Euromac-10 in Moscow (pending confirmation)

  • November 8, 2020: session chair, “The Period and Cyclic Form in the Nineteenth Century,” at the Virtual Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory.

  • September 2020–August 2021: on sabbatic leave.

  • February, 2020: luanch of a new iphone App (developed by Mayank Sanganaria) for accessing graphics and sound from the Analyzing Classical Form website; available at the iPhone App store. 

  • November 11, 2019: Podcast interview on the Nikhil Hogan Show.
  • November 3, 2018—What Is a Cadence? (Markus Neuwirth and Pieter Bergé, eds) won the “Outstanding Multi-Authored Publication" from the Society for Music Theory. My study "Harmony and Cadence in Gjerdingen’s ‘Prinner’" is the opening chapter of this book.

  • May 11–14, 2018—workshops on form and cadence, at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands.

  • April 16–20, 2018—Housewright Scholar, Florida State University, School of Music; will present a public lecture, hold workshops, attend classes, and meet with students individually.

  • November 2, 2017—presented a “Personal Reminiscence" at the SMT 40th Celebration, Annual Meeting, Society for Music Theory, Arlington, Virginia

  • July 28, 2017—paper presentation (in absentia)The ‘Reopened’ Half Cadence: A Striking Cadential Anamoly," at the 9th European Music Analysis Conference, Strasbourg, France (paper read by Nathan Martin).

  • February 11, 2017—workshop“The Finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony: Its Form Reexamined,” at the conference “Form Forum III: ‘Romantic Form’ and Beyond,” University of Toronto, February, 2017.    

  • November 4, 2016—session chair, "Frames, Fantasia, and Formal Functions,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • January 8, 2016—book launch of Festschrift publication, Formal Functions in Perspective: Essays on Musical Form from Haydn to Adorno (eds. Steven Vande Moortele, Julie Pedneault, and Nathan John Martin), at the Marvin Duchow Music Library, Schulich School of Music.
© William Caplin 2021