Currently Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster, Jonathan Guez earned a Ph.D from Yale University in 2015. His dissertation, “Schubert’s Recapitulation Scripts,” was co-advised by James Hepokoski and Patrick McCreless. In addition to the Ph.D., he holds two “en-route” master’s degrees from Yale, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (with a focus on piano) from Texas Tech University.
His dissertation taxonomizes and interprets the different possibilities for making tonal and thematic alterations in sonata recapitulations and the reprises of smaller forms. Its main analytical focus is the music of Schubert, but its theoretical base is developed in close contact with the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, and Brahms.
Guez’s work on Schubert has appeared in several published and forthcoming articles, chapters, and reviews. Guez’s article, “The ‘Mono-Operational’ Recapitulation in Movements by Beethoven and Schubert” appeared in Music Theory Spectrum 40/2. An article entitled “Toward a Theory of Recapitulatory Tonal Alterations” may be found in the fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Music Theory. And two further article manuscripts that deal with aspects of recapitulation are under review are forthcoming in Music Theory Online 26/2 and Music Analysis. A review of the 2016 collection Rethinking Schubert is published in Music Theory Online 23/3. A review of Lauri Suurpää’s Death in Winterreise is published in Music Analysis 34/3 pp. 410-424. Several pedagogical resources have been published on at Music Theory Pedagogy Online.
Guez’s research interests are not limited to Schubert, to form, or to the nineteenth century. He is beguiled by the music of Wagner, in particular Tristan and Parsifal. In 2013, he published an article in the Journal of Schenkerian Studies that used Tristan as a jumping-off point for investigating the relationship between Schenkerian analysis and the types of dramatic claims it makes possible. In 2014 he gave an invited lecture at the University of Helsinki entitled “Parsifal as Domestication Script,” a manuscript of which is currently under review.
He has presented work on musical form, Schubert, text-music relationships, topic theory, and Wagner at regional, national, and international conferences, international Wagner seminars, a form summit at the University of Michigan, the Oxford Lieder Festival, two iterations of the International Congress of Musical Signification, the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, and more. At Euro Mac 9, he pre-organized, proposed, and chaired a panel on recapitulations, entitled “Quel futur pour la Formenlehre?” The participants were Poundie Burstein, Anne M. Hyland, Guez, Andrew Aziz, and Rebecca Perry. He has presented invited guest lectures at the Hartt School and the University of Helsinki.
A textbook for the aural skills classroom–working title: Dictation–is in progress currently.
In the coming months and years, Guez plans on rounding out his work on sonata recapitulations with a handful of theoretical and analytical articles. Principal among these is an investigation of the ways different analytic techniques and methods—Sonata Theory, neo-Riemannian theory, Schenkerian theory—mediate the musical object. Guez is primarily interested in the types of narrative and dramatic claims these methods tend to “generate” and the extent to which these dramatic analyses arise from the structure of of theory.
Guez currently serves on the editorial board for Music Theory Online. At SMT 2018, he participated in the Professional Development Committee’s CV and Cover Letter Review Session. He served on the program committee for the 2015 meeting of the New England Conference of Music Theorists. He also served on the program committee at Yale’s Graduate Music Symposium and chaired sessions at two iterations of that conference. He chaired two sessions at the International Congress on Musical Signification (one in French) in 2016. During his time at Indiana University, he was on the editorial board of Indiana Theory Review, and he selected or edited papers that appeared in issues 25, 27/1, and 27/2 of that periodical.
He has reviewed article submissions for Music Theory Online and Music Theory & Analysis. He is currently the faculty adviser for several student groups at the College of Wooster, including “Don’t Throw Shoes,” an improv comedy group, and the European Student Association. And he is the “Fighting Scots Partner” for men’s and women’s tennis.
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