Lectures

Class of 1960 Lecture – Prof. Joel Lester

Bach’s works for solo violin in historical context

Prof. Joel Lester, Dean of Mannes College of Music of New School University, is an accomplished scholar, violinist, and administrator. He is author of more than half a dozen books on music, including Compositional Theory in the 18th Century (Harvard University Press, 1992; winner of the Wallace Berry Publication Award of the Society of Music Theory), Analytical Approaches to Atonal Music (W.W. Norton, 1989), a widely-used textbook, Between Modes and Keys (Pendragon Press, 1989), The Rhythms of Tonal Music (Southern Illinois University Press, 1986) and Harmony in Tonal Music (Knopf, 1982). His latest book, Bach’s Works for Solo Violin (Oxford University Press, 1999) won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has also published dozen of articles on a wide range of musical topics in scholarly journals and served as the editor of “Music Theory Spectrum” from 1995-1997. From 1970 until 1991, he was violinist in the Da Capo Chamber Players, winners of the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music Award in 1973.

Dean Lester holds a doctoral degree in music from Princeton University, 1970. He was Professor of Music at The City College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York from 1969 until 1995; from 1986-1995 he was Deputy Executive Officer of the Doctoral Programs in Music at the Graduate School of CUNY, in charge of the program leading to the Doctorate in Musical Arts. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at Eastman School of Music during 1977-78 and taught doctoral seminars at The Juilliard School during 1994-95. He has been Dean of Mannes College of Music since 1996.