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Jean Christensen

Music History, Division Head

Jean ChristensenProfessor of Music History, Dr. Jean Christensen received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles with a dissertation on Arnold Schoenberg's Oratorio, Die Jakobsleiter. She has also spent extensive periods studying in Paris and in Copenhagen. On the faculty of the Music History Department at the University of Louisville since 1979, Dr. Christensen whose specialty is twentieth-century music, has published on topics relating to Arnold Schoenberg, contemporary Danish music, and the history of jazz in metropolitan Louisville. Chair of the Department since 1987 and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Music since 1994, she also coordinates the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky cooperative program for the Ph.D. in musicology.

Dr. Christensen is currently working on a bibliographical study of the reception of Arnold Schoenberg's music and thought from 1896 to the present. This publication will complement her From Arnold Schoenberg's Literary Legacy: A Catalog of Neglected Items from 1988. In 1993 Christensen established a center for a collection of Danish musical resources in the Anderson Memorial Music Library. Her most recent publication which draws on this collection and on her study in Denmark is an extended essay on the music in Denmark since 1950. It will be published as Part I in The New Music in Nordic Countries by Pendragon Press (2002). An earlier publication, The Voice of Music (Ashgate Publications, (2000), is a collection of her translations (from Danish) of 22 interviews with composers and includes composers from Scandinavia (Nørgård, Nordheim, Lindberg, among others), Russia (Gubaidulina, Schnittke, Denisov, Krennikov), Europe (Ligeti, Stockhausen, Szymanski, Xenakis) and America (Glass).

Research for work at the Danish Music Information Center in Copenhagen was supported by a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York. Other support for Dr. Christensen's research has come from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation, Marshall Foundation, Kentucky Women's Foundation, the American Philospherical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Louisville Office of Research. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Denmark and Sweden in 1988 and has recently been notified that she has received a Fulbright Research Award (2002 and 2003) to carry out her newest project: a study of contemporary music in Bulgaria.

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