Faire un tamtam: timbre, noise, and emotions in 19th-century music
Gundula Kreuzer is Associate Professor of Music at Yale University. Her publications and research interests embrace the history and theory of opera (particularly of the “long” nineteenth century), with a special focus on aspects of performance, staging, technology, mediality, and sound; reception history and music historiography; music and politics; music in the Third Reich; German and European cultural history since the late eighteenth century; Verdi and Wagner.
Kreuzer is currently finishing a book called Wagnerian Technologies for the University of California Press, in which she argues that composers since the late eighteenth century increasingly integrated specific stage technologies into their scores to enhance opera’s desired multimedia effects. Her first book, Verdi and the Germans: From Unification to the Third Reich (Cambridge University Press, 2010), won several awards. Kreuzer also edited Verdi’s instrumental chamber music (The University of Chicago Press and Ricordi, 2010); co-edited a special issue, “Opera in Transition” of The Opera Quarterly (2011); and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and Wagnerspectrum.