Department of Music


Michael Baumgartner,
Visiting Assistant Professor, Music History

Music & Communication Building, Room 316

Before coming to CSU, Michael Baumgartner held the appointment of a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Sessional Lecturer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 2006 to 2008. He received his doctorate in musicology from the University of Salzburg (Austria), completing a portion of his dissertation work as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. His research interests are music in relation with the other arts (moving images, theatre and contemporary visual arts) and the exploration of the narrative capacity of music. In particular, he explores the music of Alfred Schnittke, Kurt Weill, Thea Musgrave and Duke Ellington. Dr. Baumgartner is the author of the monograph Exiled Goddesses: Female Statues in the Stage Works of Kurt Weill, Thea Musgrave and Othmar Schoeck (Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, 2011). He has also contributed to the dictionaries Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart and the forthcoming Grove Dictionary of American Music as well as a series of chapters to several scholarly publications. Another area is film music. He currently writes a monograph on Jean-Luc Godard’s use of music in his films.

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Music
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 332
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Music and Communication
Building, Room 332
2001 Euclid Avenue
Kate Bill
Phone: 216.687.5039
Fax: 216.687.9279
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