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School of Music
Gordon Root

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151
Gordon Root

Gordon Root
Music Theory

Mason Hall 3153
716-673-3419 phone
716-673-3154 fax


Gordon Root earned a doctorate in Music Theory from the University of California at Santa Barbara (2006), where he specialized in the music of Arnold Schoenberg.  His dissertation, “Tonal Analogues: The Interaction of Text and Music in the Works of Arnold Schoenberg,” offers an analytical framework for examining text and music relations in Schoenberg’s compositions. Dr. Root has presented papers at several conferences including the Joint Meeting of the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, and College Music Society Pacific Central Chapter, The Texas Society for Music Theory, the New England Conference for Music Theory, and the Fifth International Conference of Words and Music. More recently, during the summer of 2007, Root participated in the Mannes Institute, which brought together a number of prominent music theorists for the purpose of discussing the music and legacy of Arnold Schoenberg. Professor Root’s research interests include early modernist music, chromatic harmony, twentieth century opera, and theories about metaphor and the interaction of text and music. Dr. Root is currently working on a new edition of Schoenberg’s 1942 textbook, Models for Beginners in Composition, which is scheduled for publication by Oxford University Press in 2011.

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