Christopher Brody is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Louisville. He specializes in the study of form in tonal music, especially in Baroque music, and much of his research focuses on what can be learned about musical structure and style through corpus analysis. Forthcoming work includes studies of form and harmonic progression in J. S. Bach’s keyboard suites, an overview of analytical approaches to Baroque music, and an analysis of Nikolai Medtner’s piano sonatas.
Dr. Brody’s most recent publication is “Parametric Interaction in Tonal Repertoires” (Journal of Music Theory, 2016), which argues for a corpus-based approach to musical form. Other articles and reviews have appeared in Music Theory Online and Rivista di analisi e teorica musicale. He has presented papers at conferences throughout North America and Europe, including the Society for Music Theory and the 2014 European Music Analysis Conference. In 2011, his paper “The Second-Reprise V–I Schema and a New Subject Category for Fugal Gigues” received the Arthur J. Komar Award from Music Theory Midwest.
At the University of Louisville, Dr. Brody coordinates the first-year sequence in music theory and aural skills, in addition to teaching Schenkerian analysis, chromatic harmony, and other advanced courses in music theory, and advising theses. Before joining the UL faculty in 2017, he was on the music theory faculty of the Eastman School of Music, and from 2013 to 2015 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Music Theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His previous courses have included 16th- and 18th-century counterpoint, analysis of Wagner operas, analysis of Baroque music, and analytical techniques for tonal music.
Dr. Brody completed his PhD in music theory at Yale University in 2013, and holds an MA from the University of Minnesota. He is also an active pianist, with degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA and MM) and Northwestern University (BM). He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.