Professor of Music Theory

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Music Theory and Composition
Office Location
LON 311

Joseph Kraus (Ph.D., Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, 1987; M.M., Music Theory, Indiana University, 1981; B.M., Music Theory, Eastman, 1977) is Professor of Music Theory at the Florida State University College of Music, where he has been teaching since 2006. He previously held positions at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Eastman School of Music. His research focuses on the music of the late nineteenth century, particularly the works of Peter Tchaikovsky. He has delivered papers on the music of Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, and Sibelius at SMT and at numerous international conferences. He has contributed the Tchaikovsky chapter to The Nineteenth-Century Symphony (Schirmer, 1997), and has published symphonic analyses in Tchaikovsky and His Contemporaries (Greenwood, 1999) and Music Theory Spectrum (1991). In 1995 he received a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) to study orchestral sketches and drafts at the Tchaikovsky State House Museum in Klin, Russia. He is currently under contract with Indiana University Press for the book Tchaikovsky and the Use of Convention, a study of music and meaning in the orchestral compositions. His analyses of the music of Anton Bruckner have appeared in Bruckner Studies (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and Perspectives on Anton Bruckner (Ashgate, 2000). He has also authored articles on the symphonies of Jean Sibelius for the Sibelius Forum (University of Helsinki, 1998 and 2002) and recently contributed a chapter on the Sibelius String Quartet in D Minor to Intimate Voices: The Twentieth-Century String Quartet (Rochester, 2008). Reviews of books concerned with narrative in nineteenth-century music have been published in Theory and Practice (2002) and Journal of Music Theory (2013). Work on chromatic third relations in Mozart appeared in the Journal of Musicological Research (1990) and the Mozart-Jahrbuch (1991); in 2008 a piece on performance issues in the Mozart String Quintet in E-flat Major was published in Music Theory Online. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of SMT, and has served as Editor of the SMT Newsletter (2007–09), chair of the Ad Hoc Membership Committee (2001–03), and panelist for the Professional Development Committee (2002, 2008). He has served Music Theory Midwest as President (2003–05) and Secretary (1994–98). From 2006 to 2012 he served as Reviews Editor for the journal Theory and Practice; from 2009 to 2013 he was Chair of the Development Committee for AP Music Theory.