Lecture Series in Musicology: Peter Schmelz (Arizona State University)
"Listening through the Iron Curtain: Ukraine, Russia, and Intimate Histories of the Musical Cold War." Peter J. Schmelz is associate professor of musicology at Arizona State University. His areas of expertise include twentieth- and twenty-first century music; Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet music, particularly Shostakovich, Silvestrov, and Schnittke; music in the Cold War; popular music; film music; music and politics; and sound studies. Professor Schmelz is currently completing a book on polystylism as cultural practice in the late USSR, focusing on the music of Alfred Schnittke and Valentin Silvestrov. He also is writing a book on Schnittke's Concerto Grosso no. 1 for Oxford University Press's Keynote Series. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2011, and his first book, "Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw" (Oxford, 2009), won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2010. His article on Silvestrov's Symphony no. 5, published in Journal of Musicology, received an ASCAP Virgil Thomson/Deems Taylor Award in 2015. Professor Schmelz edits the Journal of Musicology and is series editor for Indiana University Press's Russian Music Studies.