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Aaron S. Allen

Aaron S. Allen, Ph.D., F.A.A.R., is associate professor of musicology in the Music Studies Department of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also serves on the faculty committee for the Environmental Studies Program and as the University's Academic Sustainability Coordinator. After receiving his B.S. (environmental studies) and B.A. (music) at Tulane University, Dr. Allen earned a Ph.D. in music at Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Paul Mellon Rome Prize and spent the 2011-12 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. Dr. Allen co-founded and for five years chaired the Ecocriticism Study Group (ESG) of the American Musicological Society (AMS), and he co-founded and chaired the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group (ESIG) of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). He currently edits the Ecomusicology Newsletter, a joint project of the ESG and ESIG. Dr. Allen is currently working on two ecomusicology book projects: The Tree that became a Lute: Musical Instruments, Sustainability and the Politics of Natural Resource Use (University of Illinois Press, co-authored with Jennifer Post and Kevin Dawe) and Ecomusicology: A Field Guide (co-edited with Kevin Dawe). Conference presentations include venues in music scholarship (e.g., AMS and SEM), interdisciplinary studies (19th Century Studies Association), and environmental studies (American Society for Environmental History, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences); he has also given invited lectures at institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. After completing a dissertation on Beethoven in nineteenth-century Italy, Dr. Allen has continued to develop this unusual field of reception studies. He has delivered and published papers on the topic, and he is slowly working on a book tentatively entitled Fidelio in Italy: Beethoven Reception, Historiography, and the Crisis of 19th-Century Opera. Aaron is originally from West Virginia, and his interests as an outdoorsman and woodworker result from his time on the family farm, where he recently hand built a solar-powered log cabin for his parents. You can reach him by the phone number or email above, or by scheduling an appointment via asallen.youcanbook.me.

There are 8 included publications by Aaron S. Allen :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Beethoven and George Thomson: A New Letter Fragment from 1816,? 2008 524 In his 1956 summary of the correspondence between Ludwig van Beethoven and George Thomson, Donald MacArdle noted parenthetically that Thomson's letter of October 20, 1816, to Beethoven ".. . as it appears in Thomson's Letterbook is apparently incompl...
The Ecomusicology Bibliography via Zotero: A Dynamic and Emerging Scholarly Resource, 2012 111 The Ecomusicology Bibliography is a unique and unparalleled bibliography of books, articles, newspapers, websites, blogs, and multimedia sources. It is available to anyone with a computer and internet connection by using the free software Zotero, w...
Ecomusicology: Ecocriticism and Musicology. (colloquy). 2011 73 As environmental awareness has become more widespread, an increasing number of musicological works have engaged with this subject. Some of the aims of this new (if not always explicitly named) ecomusicology resonate with concerns expressed in previou...
Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature . . . and Change in Environmental Studies? 2012 50 The five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing. We rely on them daily, professionally, and personally — each can inform our understanding of the world and evoke memories of places and times, both distant and dear. Public policy and science, how...
Institutional Change and Campus Greening at Tulane University. 2000 500 A case study of Tulane University that examines the institutional change process is presented in this paper. Agents of change can use the examples and conclusions as a basis for making changes at any institution. The inability for Tulane to make the ...
Review of Music in Renaissance Cities and Courts, 2003 212 Music and Musicians in Renaissance Cities and Towns. Edited by Fiona Kisby (New York, Cambridge University Press, 2001) 188 pp. $59.95 It is high time that historians and musicologists (a.k.a. “music histori-ans”) start sharing ideas in an accessibl...
Review of The Organ as a Mirror of Its Time. 2004 172 The Organ as a Mirror of Its Time is directed at two primary audiences— organists (due to the jargon and detailed organ speciacations) and historians of music, religion, intellectual trends, and technology. The pipe organ is an inherently interdiscip...
Symphonic Pastorals 2012 237 A popular misunderstanding of the symphony is that the genre is devoid of the meanings conveyed in texted music such as songs and choruses. The idea of the symphony as ‘absolute music’ – ‘abstract’ or ‘pure’ sound, music for its own sake, in contrast...