The Tchaikovskian Sublime: Rhythmic Gesture, Narrative Archetype, and Metonymical Realism in the First Movement of the Fourth Symphony


Location: Crowley Hall, Room 115

Joseph Kraus, professor of music theory, Florida State University

Kraus received a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in 1987. His research focuses on the music of the late nineteenth century, particularly the works of Peter Tchaikovsky. He has delivered papers on the music of Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, and Sibelius at SMT and at numerous international conferences. He has contributed the Tchaikovsky chapter to The Nineteenth-Century Symphony (Schirmer, 1997) and has published symphonic analyses in Tchaikovsky and His Contemporaries (Greenwood, 1999) and Music Theory Spectrum (1991). His analyses of the music of Anton Bruckner have appeared in Bruckner Studies (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and Perspectives on Anton Bruckner (Ashgate, 2000). Professor Kraus has also authored articles on the symphonies of Jean Sibelius for the Sibelius Forum (University of Helsinki, 1998 and 2002) and on work on chromatic third relations in Mozart for the Journal of Musicological Research (1990) and the Mozart-Jahrbuch (1991). Kraus has served as chair of the Membership Committee for the Society for Music Theory and as president of Music Theory Midwest. He is currently Reviews Editor for the journal Theory and Practice, and Editor of the SMT Newsletter.

This is a free lecture; no tickets are required.