Below is the abstract for a paper I’ll be presenting at the 2014 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, NM. Over the next few months, portions of the paper will be posted on this site as well. From Copland to Weezer: Variations on a Shaker Theme Simple Gifts has been arranged for a wide […]
Musical Humor and Beethoven’s Symphonic Scherzi is a study of the historical importance of musical humor, exemplified by the lasting effects of Beethoven’s compositional choices. In toying with expectations derived from established Classical Period models, Beethoven helped change formal and structural traditions. This change is apparent in the decisions made by future composers who emulated […]
Back working with Nicholas. This summer, we finalized dozens of musical engraving, score reductions, and examples in this massive undertaking. I’m excited – can’t wait to see the the finished book! The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (completed, forthcoming 2013).
What a pleasure to be a part of the creation of this book! (From the Cambridge website:) “All modern artists have had to market themselves in some way. Richard Wagner may just have done it better than anyone else. In a self-promotional effort that began around 1840 in Paris, and lasted for the remainder of […]
Abstract: Though music is rife with humor, musical humor as a single subject has rarely been discussed in analytical and theoretical terms. This paper discusses the nature of humor and the current theories surrounding it comparing these to music in broad terms. Specific parallels between music and humor are discussed before delving into musical humor […]