Palindrome Perception: Music and Maths draw 800+ to the Sheldonian

Palindrome Perception: Music and Maths draw 800+ to the Sheldonian

On Saturday 27th January, 833 people flocked to "Music and Maths" at the Sheldonian Theatre, a performance by the Oxford Philharmonic with Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics.

As well as a performance of masterworks by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven (conducted by Marios Papadopoulo), and a fascinating discussion by Marcus du Sautoy on the numerical blueprint of celebrated scores, over 500 members of the audience engaged in an experiment as part of the PRiSM collaboration between the Centre's FAST project and the Royal Northern College of Music.

 

 

Listening to Haydn Symphony No. 47 in G major 'The Palindrome', participants used the PRiSM perception app to indicate where they perceived palindromes in the performance. This data will be analysed as part of our ongoing study into mathematics and music, and develops out of our inaugural experiment at a performance of Gyorgy Ligeti's Fanfares at the RNCM at the launch of PRiSM last October.