The majority of my most recent research relates to Slavic/Soviet composers of the twentieth century. My master’s thesis (completed in 2018), entitled An Analysis of Alfred Schnittke’s Polystylism in his String Quartet No. 3 (1983) explores Schnittke’s use of motives (and the alteration of motives) to unify a wide variety of stylistic idioms. I have also done a considerable amount of research into the life and music of Dmitri Shostakovich, one of my primary compositional influences. Other research interests include the music of Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Charles Ives, Jean Sibelius, Ludwing van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, and Dave Brubeck.
Outside of music, I am also interested in various philosophical topics (aesthetics, relativism, ontology) as well as astronomy, history, and foreign language/cultures. My current research explores the idea of music and music composition as a “relative” system, with particular focus given to dualities such as the relationship between sound and silence, associative memory and differentiation, and internal vs. external energy. Relativity penetrates nearly every aspect of how we perceive and experience music on a daily basis and is thus worthy of thoughtful consideration in how we define, understand, and assess music of the modern world.
A sample of my master’s thesis can be found below (please contact me to request a full copy):
Full List of Scholarly Writings:
Music as a Relative System (2019-present)
An Analysis of Alfred Schnittke’s Polystylism in his String Quartet No. 3 (1983), 2018
*Masters Thesis, East Carolina University
“Polystylism in Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1977),” 2018
“The Ontology of the Musical Artwork,” 2018
“Romanticism and Chromaticism in Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8,” 2017
“Sibelius and Finnish Nationalism,” 2016
“A Study of Brahms’s Second Clarinet Sonata,” 2014
“The Life and Legacy of Dave Brubeck,” 2013