Amy Bauer, Associate Professor of Music, Ph.D. in Music Theory, Yale University. Music theory, post-1945 art music, issues in the philosophy and reception of modernist music, cross-cultural influences in contemporary music, contemporary opera.
Amy Bauer’s research focuses on twentieth-century music, especially the music of György Ligeti, spectral music, and issues surrounding the reception and analysis of contemporary music.
She has published on the music of György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Carlos Chávez, David Lang, contemporary opera, the television musical, and on issues in the reception and theory of modernist music. In addition, she has given papers at national and international conferences on the music of Miles Davis, Mary Lou Williams, and cross-cultural issues in twentieth-century music. Her monograph Ligeti’s Laments: Nostalgia, Exoticism and the Absolute (Ashgate, 2011) provides a critical analysis of the composer’s works, considering both the compositions themselves and the larger cultural implications of their reception. She synthesizes and challenges the prevailing narratives surrounding the composer’s long career and uses the theme of lament to inform a discussion of specific musical topics, including descending melodic motives, passacaglia and the influence of folk music. But, as she claims, Ligeti “laments” in a larger sense; his music fuses rigor and sensuality, tradition and the new, and influences from disparate high and low cultures, with a certain critical and ironic distance, reflected in his spoken commentary as well as in the substance of his music. The notions of nostalgia, exoticism, and the absolute are used to relate works of different eras and genres, along with associated concepts of allegory, melancholy, contemporary subjectivity, and the voice. Bauer’s other books include György Ligeti’s Cultural Identities, co-edited with Márton Kerékfy (Routledge, 2016), and The Oxford Handbook to Spectral and Post-Spectral Music, a co-edited volume with Liam Cagney and William Mason, currently in preparation.
Prior to joining the faculty at Irvine, Bauer taught at Washington University, West Chester University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Teaching interests: critical theory and philosophy of music, post-1945 music, rhythmic theory, Schenkerian analysis, history of theory, cross-cultural influences in music, world music, theory of non-Western music, readings in contemporary music theory
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