Edgardo Salinas, PhD,
Columbia University, Department of Music
Edgardo Salinas received his PhD in Historical Musicology from
Columbia University in 2010. A native of Argentina, he studied at the
School of Music of Universidad Nacional de Rosario, where he got a
"Licenciatura" in Piano Performance. He first came to the United
States on a Fulbright fellowship to complete master's degrees in Piano
Performance and Music History at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
His research explores the intricate mediations always at work among
musical practice, literary discourse, and philosophical critique in
the context of the material conditions that shaped Western modernity.
He has received awards from the Fulbright Program, LASPAU, the DAAD,
the Whiting Foundation, and the ACLS.
His current book project traces socio-historical connections between
the literary critique inaugurated by the Jena Romantics and the new
paradigms for musical form and subjective experience that emerge
through Beethoven's early piano sonatas around 1800. Dr. Salinas's
book reappraises a key moment in the genealogy of modernist aesthetics
insofar as it reframed compositional practices developed within the
tradition of Western art music in the second half of the eighteenth
century. In a paradoxical turn of events, the critique of Jena
romanticism turned music into the supreme art form epitomizing the
transcendental aspirations that remained unattainable to literary
modernity. The discourse of the literary thus granted
to the musical work an elusive epistemic status that Dr. Salinas
identifies as "the materiality of the literary."
Masterpieces of Western Music (Core Curriculum course)
Music and the Critique of Modernity (Graduate Seminar)
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