Essentialism, Orientalism, and Musical Identity in Goldmark’s Queen of Sheba


April 16, 2010 - 4:00pm

David BrodbeckDavid Brodbeck, Professor of Musicology and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music, University of California, Irvine will give a lecture titled "Essentialism, Orientalism, and Musical Identity in Goldmark’s Queen of Sheba."

David Brodbeck's research focuses on Central European music and musical culture in the nineteenth century and Anglo-American popular music of the past fifty years.

He has published widely on topics ranging from the dances of Schubert and the sacred vocal music of Mendelssohn to various aspects of Brahms’s music. Much of his work on Brahms, in particular, has explored connections between biography and analysis. His book on the composer’s First Symphony, for example, addresses issues of genesis, extra-compositional allusion, and autobiographical content, concerns that are central, too, to his published essays on Brahms’s youthful studies in counterpoint and later large-scale chamber works. His is currently writing a book tentatively entitled "Was ist deutsch? Liberal Ideology, German Identity, and Viennese Music Criticism, 1861-1901.

He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society, and is a past President of the American Brahms Society.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Irvine, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Southern California.