Matilda Ann Butkas Ertz

Biography (Music History)

 Dr. Matilda Ertz is a lecturer in music history at the University of Louisville School of Music where she also teaches piano and harpsichord at the U. of L. preparatory department. She has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Oregon with a supporting area in piano performance, as well as Master of Music Degrees in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She attended SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music for her undergraduate degree in Music Education with certificates in piano pedagogy and performance. Dr. Ertz studies music and dance, particularly ballet music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is also a pianist and harpsichordist with with experience performing chamber and solo repertoire as well as theatrical and choral productions. She has also trained in dance, especially ballet. She has published chapters on George Balanchine in The Cambridge Companion to Ballet (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Schneitzhoeffer’s score to Filippo Taglioni’s La Sylphide in La Sylphide – 1832 and Beyond (Dance Books, 2012). Her dissertation, “Nineteenth-century Italian Ballet Music before National Unification: Sources, Style and Context,” covers largely uncharted territory in music and dance scholarship and draws on manuscripts from the Harvard Theatre Collection and the New York Public Library Research Collections. Dr. Ertz is the recipient of the 2011-2012 “John M. Ward Fellowship for Dance and Music for the Theatre” from the Houghton Library Visiting Fellowship Program at Harvard for which she is currently working on a study entitled “Choreography and Music in the Ballets of Antonio Pallerini” in which she is examining the unique choreographic annotations and pictograms contained in some of Pallerini’s musical scores. Recent conference papers include “Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Italy: Music and Story in the Ballet Bianchi e negri” (AMS South Central, Jackson, TN, 2012) and “Embodiment and Reception in Les Noces: Choreographic Relationships to Music, Libretto, and the Folk Wedding,” (Rethinking Stravinsky, Salerno, Italy 2012)