Matthew Mugmon, Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Arizona
Monday, November 20, 2023,
ASA Koffler Great Room and Zoom
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) is commonly recognized as one of the most influential composers and conductors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his eleven sweeping symphonies and many songs, Mahler contended with tragedy, humor, romance, and philosophy. In this presentation, Professor Mugmon will provide an overview of Mahler’s life and music and his resonances in more recent composers. He will explore some of the fascinating details of the artist’s category-defying symphonies, his transatlantic profile as a musician, and the ways his music has shaped twentieth-century music and culture.
Matthew Mugmon, who received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Harvard University in 2013, served as the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence for the 2015-16 season. His book Aaron Copland and the American Legacy of Gustav Mahler was published in 2019 by the University of Rochester Press. In it he offers the first detailed exploration of Copland’s multifaceted relationship with Mahler’s music and its lasting consequences for music in America and demonstrates that Copland, inspired by Mahler’s example, blended modernism and romanticism in shaping a vision for American music in the twentieth century. Professor Mugmon’s research appears in the Journal of Musicology, Music & Letters and the Journal of Musicological Research.
Compiled and Edited by Marilyn Skinner, Academy Village Volunteer
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