Steven Bruns's recent research has focused on the life and music of American composer George Crumb. In the years he has studied Crumb's music, the composer has granted full access to unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials. Bruns has also lectured and published on the music of Gustav Mahler, Alma Schindler Mahler, Stravinsky, and Morton Feldman.
music theory and analysis, music of Gustav Mahler and George Crumb, music theory pedagogy, applications of literary theory to music analysis
MUSC 5061 - Advanced Tonal Analysis
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Surveys tonal repertory and analytical techniques. Student must have passed general written theory and aural skills preliminary exam or completed remediation before enrolling in course.
MUSC 6801 - Advanced Topics in Music Theory
Intensive study of a specialized topics in theory and analysis through critical reading and analysis, class presentations and independent research. Student must have passed graduate preliminary exams and completed 6 credits hours of graduate-level theory before enrolling in course. Instructor determined prerequisite will be enforced as appropriate to the topic.