Melissa Moll, University of Iowa

Through hours spent in study, research, and performance, an understanding of musical form is often deeply rooted in music librarians, the staff we supervise, and the students we encounter. Fugue, rondo, sonata, toccata, passacaglia, etude, suite – all of these musical forms we know so well can also serve as structural frameworks and pathways into extramusical topics. By applying fugal techniques to project planning, considering a staff member’s onboarding according to rondo form, or relating the research process to composing a sonata, we can explicitly leverage our well-honed musical analysis skills toward new applications.

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