Join us for pre-concert talks by Raymond Knapp at 6:45 pm before each concert
Associate Professor in Musicology at UCLA, Raymond Knapp earned a B.A. cum laude in music at Harvard University, an M.A. in composition at Radford University, and a Ph.D. in musicology at Duke University, with a dissertation on Johannes Brahms. Although his principal research interests are in the 18th and 19th centuries, he has published and given talks on music ranging from the 14th to the 20th century, including Landini, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, Dvorák, Mahler, Chaikovsky, Bartók, and The Sound of Music. His articles appear in Nineteenth-Century Music, The Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Journal of Musicological Research, and Brahms Studies, among others. His book, Brahms and the Challenge of the Symphony, was published in 1997, and he has recently drafted a book about Mahler's early symphonies.
On-going projects include articles on Chaikovsky, Amy Beach, and the "New Germans"; a book on Haydn; a co-edited book on Russian music; and a co-authored textbook on the American Musical (the latter two with colleague Mitchell Morris). Among the subjects he teaches regularly are Beethoven, the American Musical, Mozart, and the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries (for majors). He has recently given seminars on nationalism, Mahler, Haydn, Mozart, absolute music, and allusion. While at UCLA, he has been active in faculty governance, serving on Undergraduate Council (which he will chair in 2001-2002) and as Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Within the Department of Musicology, he has served as Undergraduate Advisor for several years. He also composes (mostly tonal) music and plays second violin in the Santa Monica Symphony with some skill and great enthusiasm.
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