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Associate Professor of Music Theory Roman Ivanovitch wins Mozart Society of America national award

November 8, 2012

Bloomington, Ind. -- The Jacobs School congratulates Roman Ivanovitch, Associate Professor of Music Theory, who has won the Marjorie Weston Emerson Award from the Mozart Society of America for the best English-language article on Mozart published in 2010-2011.

The award, which Ivanovitch received for his article "Mozart's Art of Retransition" (published in Music Analysis, Vol. 30/1, 2011), is given annually for "outstanding scholarly work on Mozart published in English during the two previous calendar years." The Emerson Award is given in alternate years for books and editions, and for essays and articles. Previous recipients include noted scholars Karol Berger and Daniel Heartz.

The prize was announced this past weekend, during the joint American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory/Society for Ethnomusicology conference in New Orleans.

Roman Ivanovitch has taught in the Jacobs School of Music since 2004, when he received his doctorate from Yale University. His general research concerns issues of form, style, and aesthetics in the eighteenth century, particularly with respect to Classical-era variation and sonata form. His principal focus is the music of Mozart, on which he has published articles in Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, and Music Analysis.

Ongoing publication projects include an investigation of the "brilliant style" topic in the eighteenth century (to be published in the Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory), and a monograph on the notion of craftsmanship and style in Mozart's music. A lapsed guitarist, Ivanovitch also has a secondary interest in guitar-based blues, especially in the area of improvisation.