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Denise Von Glahn

Professor of Historical Musicology, Director of Center for Music of the Americas and Coordinator of Musicology

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Denise Von Glahn, Professor of Musicology, Director of the Center for Music of the Americas and Coordinator of Musicology, came to The Florida State University in 1998. Von Glahn specializes in American music, twentieth-century musical modernism, and nature and place studies with particular interest in the interactions between music and larger social and cultural concerns.

Her book The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape (Northeastern University Press, 2003) looked at fourteen American composers of the high-art tradition who were inspired by America’s iconographic places. It was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, and won a 2004 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In 2005, along with Michael Broyles, she published the critical edition of Leo Ornstein’s Quintette for Piano and Strings (1927) as part of A-R Editions’ Music in the United States of America (MUSA) series. Their biography, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices, was published by Indiana University Press in 2007 and won the 2009 Society for American Music Irving Lowens Memorial Award for the book judged best in the field of American music.

Von Glahn's scholarship has appeared in numerous collections on topics ranging from Transcendentalism, to the Civil War, to the works of Edgard Varèse. She has published in Musical Quarterly, American Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music (JSAM), twentieth-century music, and Musik-Konzepte. A new book project titled 'Skilful Listeners': American Women Composers and Nature, to be published by Indiana University Press, considers the ways a century of composers have responded to the natural environment with their music. The book reflects Von Glahn’s ongoing interest in place and identity studies and the newly emergent field of ecocritical musicology. She is active in the American Musicological Society, and the Society for American Music of which she is currently the Vice President. Dr. Von Glahn has received university teaching awards from the University of Washington and The Florida State University for her undergraduate and graduate teaching.

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