dr. John Koslovsky
C.Koslovsky@uu.nl
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Profile

John Koslovsky studied music theory at McGill University (B.M. 2003) and at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (M.A. 2006; Ph.D. 2010). He is currently a Research Affiliate in the Humanities at Utrecht University (Musicology), and is on the music theory faculty at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. He has previously taught at the Eastman School of Music (2003-09) and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (2009-10).

Broadly, his research engages the history of music theory and musicology in the first half of the twentieth century. His dissertation, "From Sinn und Wesen to Structural Hearing: The Development of Felix Salzer’s Ideas in Interwar Vienna and their Transmission in Postwar United States," examined the work of the Viennese musicologist and theorist Felix Salzer and the dissemination of Schenkerian theory after the Second World War. As part of this research project he catalogued the "Felix Salzer Papers" of the New York Public Library (2007) and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to undertake archival research in Vienna, Austria (2007-08). Since then he has gone on to publish both historical studies related to Salzer and analytical studies of composers from across the European art tradition: Guillaume de Machaut, Johannes Ockeghem, Franz Schubert, Béla Bartók, and Claude Debussy. He has written on issues of music theory pedagogy, improvisation, and musical form, and is currently conceiving a book that traces Salzer's impact on the broader development of Schenkerian theory in the United States and beyond.

John is also member of Schenker Documents Online, a project that seeks to digitize all the personal documents of Heinrich Schenker. As part of this research team he has transcribed and translated the complete correspondence of Walter Dahms, a music critic and journalist active in Germany and Italy in the 1910s and 20s. He is currently preparing a study of Dahms's life and work during the interwar period.

Since 2011 John has served on the board of the Dutch-Flemish Society of Music Theory, and since 2012 he has served on the forum commission of the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Musicology (RMA)
Scientific expertise
history of music theory and musicology
music analysis
Schenkerian theory
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Curriculum vitae

Education

Eastman School of Music, Ph.D. Music Theory, March 2010

Eastman School of Music, M.A. Music Theory, May 2006

McGill University, B.M. Honors Music Theory, May 2003                        

 

Teaching Positions

Amsterdam Conservatory of Music: Music Theory Docent, 2010-present

Oberlin College Conservatory of Music: Assistant Professor of Music Theory, 2009-2010

Eastman School of Music: Graduate Instructor, 2003-2009

 

Honors and Awards

Affiliate Research Faculty Member (Utrecht University, 2012-)

Guest Research Faculty (Amsterdam University, 2011-)

H.H. Powers Travel Grant (Oberlin College, 2010)

Alfred Mann Dissertation Award (Eastman School of Music, 2010)

Edward Peck Curtis Teaching Award (University of Rochester, 2009)

Jack L. Frank Teaching Award (Eastman Community Music School, 2009)

Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Fellowship (University of Rochester, 2008-2009)

Fulbright Scholarship (Vienna, Austria, 2007-2008)

Theodore Presser Foundation Award (New York City, 2007)

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (Eastman School of Music, 2004)

 

Professional Service and Experience

Amsterdam Conservatory of Music: Theory Department Coordinator, 2012-

Amsterdam Conservatory of Music: Coordinator of Music Theory Major, 2012-

Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands: Board Member, 2012- 

Dutch-Flemish Society of Music Theory: Board Member, 2011-

Society for Music Theory Music and Philosophy Interest Group: Chair, 2005-2010           

Intégral: Co-Editor, 2006-08 (vols. 20 and 21); Secretary, 2003-06 (vols. 16-19)

Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies: spring/fall 2008, vol. 2/1-2, Editorial board

International conference of Students of systematic musicology, Review Committee, 2008

 

Professional Affiliations

Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands, 2012-

Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, 2009-

Society for Music Theory, 2003­­-

Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, 2008-

Music Theory Society of New York State, 2003-2010

Society for Music Analysis, 2008-2009

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Work(s) in Progress

"Walter Dahms and Der Wille zu Schenker"

"The Concept of Tonality and the Early Schenkerians"

"Wittgenstein, Schenker, and the Limits of Music-Analytical Language"

Felix Salzer and the Making of American Schenkerism

 

Dissertation

“From Sinn und Wesen to Structural Hearing: The Development of Felix Salzer’s Ideas in Interwar Vienna and their Transmission in Postwar United States” (Ph.D. dissertation, Eastman School of Music, 2009).

 

Principal Publications

“Johannes Messchaert.” In Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence, ed. by Ian Bent and William Drabkin (Boydell & Brewer, forthcoming).

“Walter Dahms”; In Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence, ed. by Ian Bent and William Drabkin (Boydell & Brewer, forthcoming).

“Timeless Reflections: Form, Cadence, and Tonal Structure in the Scherzo and Finale of Schubert’s Quintet in C major, D. 956.” Music Analysis (forthcoming).

“Tonal Prolongations in Bartók’s Hungarian Folktunes for violin and piano.” Theory and Practice 37/38 (2012-13): 1-45.

“History and Tonal Coherence in Debussy’s ‘La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin’ and ‘Bruyères.’” Revista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale 18/2 (2012): 35-53. Co-authored with Matthew Brown.

“Hold that Note! Teaching the Pedal Point.” Dutch Journal of Music Theory 17/1 (2012).

“Tracing the Improvisatory Impulse in Early Schenkerian Theory.” Intégral 24 (2010): 57-79.

“Primäre Klangformen, Linearität, oder Auskomponierung?: The analysis of medieval polyphony and the critique of musicology in the early work of Felix Salzer.” Journal of Schenkerian Studies 4 (2010): 187-206.

“Historic Proportions: A look at Felix Salzer’s historical narrative and two analyses of Ockeghem’s Je n’ay dueil.” Dutch Journal of Music Theory 15/1 (2010): 59-67.

 

Other Publications and Scholarly Work

Review of Essays from the Fourth International Schenker Symposium, vol. 2. Dutch Journal of Music Theory (in progress).

Review of Harmony in Schubert, by David Damschroder. Dutch Journal of Music Theory 17/3.

Transcriptions and Translations of Johannes Messchaert correspondence with Heinrich Schenker. “Schenker Documents Online.” schenkerdocumentsonline.org (2013).

Transcriptions and Translations of Walter Dahms correspondence with Heinrich Schenker. “Schenker Documents Online.” schenkerdocumentsonline.org (2009-2012).

Finding Aid and Introduction to “The Felix Salzer Papers at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.” http://www.nypl.org/ead/2898 (September 2007).

English translation of Grabócz, Márta. “Stylistic Evolution in Mozart’s Symphonic Slow Movements: The Discursive-Passionate Schema.” Intégral 20 (2006): 105-129.

 

Presentations

New York, NY: Mannes College of Music Schenker Symposium, March 2013

Utrecht, The Netherlands: Utrecht University Musicology Colloquium, Nov. 2012

New Orleans, LA: Joint Meeting of the AMS, SMT, and SEM, November 2012

London, England: Meeting of the Society for Music Analyis, September 2012

Zagreb, Croatia: Croatian Society of Music Theory, October 2011

Maynooth, Ireland: International Schubert Conference, October 2011

Rome, Italy: European Music Analysis Conference, September 2011 (co-authored with Matthew Brown)

Enschede, The Netherlands: Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, March 2011

Indianapolis, IN: Joint Meeting of the AMS and SMT, November 2010

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, March 2010

New York, NY: Music Theory Society of New York State, April 2010

Leuven, Belgium: Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, February 2009

Nashville, TN: Joint Meeting of the AMS and SMT, November 2008

Cambridge, England: Theory and Analysis Graduate Symposium, May 2008

Freiburg, Germany: European Music Analysis Conference, October 2007

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