Writings on Music

[Dissertation Proposal] 
Metamorphosis of the Sublime:


Patterned Significations of the Sublime

 in Nineteenth-Century Piano Works

This proposal for upcoming monograph research and writing has been accepted by Temple University in partial fulfillment of requirements for DMA in piano performance.

Meaning and Motive

This analysis of the second movement of Bartók's Piano Sonata, Sz. 80 (Sostenuto e pesante) using linear-motivic theory relies on work of theorist Paul Wilson and the insights of pianist Rebecca Penneys, who had studied with renowned Bartók student János Starker.  In this work, horizontal and vertical pitch-class projections assist in illuminating a dome-like large-scale structure, a finding in harmony with the hypothesis that the movement is a night-sky depiction.

Longing and Narrative

Music often evokes a sense of remoteness, removedness, or otherness, either as a state or as a goal for which to long.  This sense is created through various means, including impressions of spatial and temporal distance, both of which can be indexical for abstract or ‘essential’ remoteness.  This critical theory of sehnsucht is informed by work of Susan Stewart, Benedict Taylor, Raymond Monelle, Andrew Davis, Robert Ellis Dye, and others. 

Aesthetics of Musical Origin in the Quattrocento 

An analysis of early Renaissance philosophy of the cosmological and cognitive origins of music and musical composition, this work draws upon the writings and philosophy of Plato, Johannes Tinctoris, Marislio Ficino, and Albrecht Dürer, as well as the work of modern writers such as Stephen Halliwell, Dimitrije Bužarovski, Tamara Albertini, Peter Parshall, Dietrich Bartel, and others.