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Bruns, Steve

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research overview

  • 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 In the years he has studied Crumb's music, the composer has granted full access to unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials.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


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courses taught

  • MUSC 5061 - Advanced Tonal Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    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 5151 - Topics in Music Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Analytical study of a specific topic to be determinedby the instructor (e.g., German Lieder, Bartok quartets, tonal rhythm, Schenker, etc). Study published analyses representing a variety of methodologies and produce original analyses. Student must have passed graduate preliminary exams or completed remediation before enrolling in this course. Recommended prerequisite: MUSC 5061 or MUSC 5071 as appropriate to the topic, or instructor consent required.
  • MUSC 6801 - Advanced Topics in Music Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    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.


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