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Peter Schmelz

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography: 

Peter J. Schmelz is professor of musicology at Arizona State University. His areas of expertise include 20th and 21st century music; Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet music, particularly Shostakovich, Silvestrov, and Schnittke; music in the Cold War; popular and experimental music; film music; music and politics; and sound studies. His two recently published books are: Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR (Oxford University Press, 2021), and Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso no. 1 (Oxford, 2019). Professor Schmelz is currently completing two other book projects, one called Intimate Histories of the Musical Cold War: A Ukrainian Composer, Conductor, and Musicologist Struggle for Independence, Recognition, and the Avant-Garde in the 1960s; the other is titled Some Combinations of Freedoms and Passions: Soviet Experimental Music in the 1980s (on the Ganelin Trio, Sergey Kuryokhin and Pop Mekhanika, Valentina Ponomareva, Sainkho Namchylak, and the group Auktsyon).

Professor Schmelz received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2011, and his first book, Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw (Oxford, 2009), won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2010. His article on Silvestrov's Symphony no. 5, published in Journal of Musicology, received an ASCAP Virgil Thomson/Deems Taylor Award in 2015. In Fall 2017 he was Anna-Maria Kellen fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2019 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Schmelz is series editor for Indiana University Press's Russian Music Studies; he edited the Journal of Musicology from 2014-18. He previously taught at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also served as chair of the music department.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley
  • M.A. University of California-Berkeley
  • B.A. George Washington University
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 440Topics in 20th-Century Music
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 592Research
MHL 599Thesis
MHL 657Topics in Symphonic Literature
MHL 684Internship
MSI 755Historical Research in Music
MHL 792Research
MHL 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 691Seminar
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MHL 657Topics in Symphonic Literature
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics
MSI 755Historical Research in Music
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MHL 494Special Topics
HDA 494Special Topics
MHL 499Individualized Instruction
MHL 590Reading and Conference
MHL 598Special Topics