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Contributor Biography

I'm a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and hold degrees in music from the University of Edinburgh, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Cornell University. Although my main instrument is piano, my first career in the 1980s–early 1990s was as a professional double bass player in Israel (principal bass, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra), Great Britain (assistant principal in Welsh National Opera and BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestras), and South Florida. But a growing interest in music theory led eventually to a change of careers, beginning with a Ph.D. (Cornell, 2000) on the contentious topics of tonality and form in Debussy's orchestral music. Since then I have held faculty positions in music theory, first at Georgia State University in Atlanta (2001–08), and since 2008 at the University of Arizona (Tucson). I teach the subject to hapless freshmen and (sometimes) happier graduate students, present theoretical and analytical papers at music theory conferences in North America and worldwide, and publish in esoteric journals such as Music Theory Spectrum and the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, as well as numerous book chapters, on music by Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Debussy, and others. I have been collecting CDs, especially of historic performances, like a maniac since the early 1980s, don't know how many I actually own, and would rather not be sure. I live in Tucson with my wife, Susan, an illustrator, and two mad mongrels, Oatcake and Peach.

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