Visiting Assistant Professor; 20th-Century History & Theory
Jamuna Samuel (Ph.D., Graduate Center-CUNY; B.A./M.A., Yale) specializes in Italian music of the long twentieth century. Her research and teaching interests focus on the historical, cultural, and political context of art music in conjunction with post-tonal analysis; music and fascism; post-1945 composers, especially Dallapiccola, Maderna, Nono, Berio, Scelsi, and Sciarrino; twelve-tone serialism; text-music issues; opera and drama; and the interaction between performance and analysis. She has published and presented on issues pertinent to an analytical and contextual understanding of Dallapiccola’s music. Prof. Samuel is currently writing a monograph on Dallapiccola’s first two operas, *Night Flight* and *The Prisoner.* She is also developing a project that investigates issues of influence and intertextuality especially with respect to the nexus formed among text-setting, compositional technique, and political ideology concerning postwar Italian and American composers.
Besides basic and advanced courses devoted to tonal and post-tonal theory and analysis, and to twentieth-century music history, Prof. Samuel has also taught on a variety of issues in Italian music, including opera, Puccini’s late works, film music, futurism, the interaction between art and music, Berio’s sequenzas, the compositional roles of avant-garde female performers such as singers Cathy Berberian and Michiko Hirayama, and popular and folk music traditions. She previously held positions as visiting assistant professor at Wellesley College, lecturer at Yale, and teaching assistant at Harvard, where she twice earned awards for excellence in teaching. She studied piano with Walter Ponce at SUNY-Binghamton and then at Yale with Sara Laimon, a student of Gilbert Kalish.