Marjorie Hirsch

Marjorie Hirsch
Chair and Professor of Music
email
413-597-2164
Bernhard Music Center Rm 39
At Williams since 2001

Education

B.A. Yale University (1982)
M.Phil. Yale University (1985)
Ph.D. Yale University, Music (1989)

Areas of Expertise

18th– and 19th-century music

Romanticism

Romantic Lieder

Narrative in music

Meaning in music

Myth and music

Franz Schubert

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

MUS 101(F)

Listening to Music: An Introduction to the Western Classical Tradition

MUS 115

American Music

COMP 134

Myth in Music

MUS 165

Mozart

MUS 173

Storytelling in Music

MUS 232(S)

Music in History II: 1750-1900

MUS 236

The Romantic Generation

MUS 272 T

Music and Meaning

MUS 273 T

Dangerous Music

MUS 281(F, S)

Individual Vocal and Instrumental Instruction

MUS 291(F, S)

Chamber Music Workshop

Scholarship/Creative Work

Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
 
Schubert’s Dramatic Lieder (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

“’Mein Herz ist schwer’: Brahms, Geibel, and Late Romantic Nostalgia,” Musical Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Schubert’s Reconciliation of Gothic and Classical Influences,” in Schubert’s Late Music in History and Theory, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015).

“Musical Remembering in Schubert’s Faust Settings,” in The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music, ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons and Charles McKnight (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).

Review of Rita Steblin’s Beethoven in the Diaries of Johann Nepomuk Chotek, in Nineteenth-Century Music Review (forthcoming 2015).

“Schubert’s schauerliche Lieder: From Gothic to Romantic” (in progress).

Review of Kristina Muxfeldt’s Vanishing Sensibilities: Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann (2012), in Journal of the American Musicological Society 66/2 (Summer 2013): 565-70.

“Mayrhofer, Schubert, and the Myth of ‘Vocal Memnon’” in Unknown Schubert, ed. Lorraine Byrne and Barbara Reul (Ashgate, 2008), 3-23.

“Mirrors, Memories, and Mirages: Songs-Within-Songs in Schubert’s Lieder,”
Journal of Musicological Research 26/1 (2007): 1-32.

“The Spiral Journey Back Home: Brahms’s ‘Heimweh’ Lieder,” Journal of Musicology 22/3 (Summer 2005): 454-89.

Review of Lorraine Byrne’s Schubert’s Goethe Settings. Music Library Association NOTES, 2004.

Review of Susan Youens’s Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin. Music Library Association NOTES, 1998.

Papers and Presentations:

Gretchen abbandonata: The Lied as Aria.” Invited paper delivered at “Schubert as Dramatist” International Conference, Oxford University, 2014.

“Music and Line.” Lecture delivered at the Interdisciplinary “Look at Line”
mini-symposium sponsored by the Art Department Class of 1960 Scholars, Williams College, 2014.

“Gothic Tales of Horror and the Music of Franz Schubert.” Lecture delivered in the Williams Faculty Lecture Series, 2012.

“Dangerous Music.” Lecture delivered at Williams College faculty Gaudino Forum on Danger, 2012.

“Mythic Confrontations in the Andantino from Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959.” Invited paper delivered at ‘Schubert and Concepts of Late Style’ Conference, National University of Ireland Maynooth, 2011.

“Schubert’s Schauerballaden: From Gothic to Romantic.” Paper delivered at American Musicological Society (AMS) National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, 2010.

“Longing for a Mythic Past in Geibel Settings by Brahms and Schumann.” Paper delivered at “Brahms and Nostalgia” conference, University of New Hampshire, 2008.

“Reanimating Antiquity: Wolf, Goethe, and ‘Anakreons Grab.’” Paper delivered at AMS National Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2006.

“Mayrhofer, Schubert, and the Myth of ‘Vocal Memnon.’” Paper delivered at “The Unknown Schubert: New Perspectives, New Insights” conference, Luther College, University of Regina, Regina, Canada, 2004.

“Brahms’s ‘Heimweh’ Lieder, Nostalgia for Childhood, and the Romantic Spiral.” Paper delivered at AMS New England Chapter Meeting, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2003.

“Songs-Within-Songs, Romantic Self-consciousness, and Schubert’s Transformation of the Lied.” Paper delivered at AMS New England Chapter Meeting, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, 2002.

“Gute Ruh’, gute Ruh’!: Sleep and Death in Schubert’s Lullabies.” Paper delivered at AMS New York State – St. Lawrence Chapter Meeting, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, 1997.

“Schubert’s ‘Im Frühling’ (D. 882) and a Storm-Tossed Metaphor.” Paper delivered at AMS New York State – St. Lawrence Chapter Meeting, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, 1994.

“Schubert’s ‘Gruppe aus dem Tartarus’ (D.583) and Tableaux Vivants.” Paper delivered at AMS National Meeting, Cleveland, OH, 1985.