Coordinator, Music History and Literature
Ph.D., Indiana University
Brian Hart has taught music history at Northern Illinois University since 1996. He teaches all periods of Western music history, including undergraduate surveys in Classic, Romantic, and 20th-century music; graduate courses in Romantic music, Music from 1900-1945, and Music since 1945; American music; symphonic literature; and opera history. His research concentrates on French music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Professor Hart has written articles and papers on various aspects of the late romantic French symphony, including its place in Parisian concert life, governmental support for the symphony, and the use of the symphony to communicate socio-political philosophies. He is the author of "The French Symphony after Berlioz: From the Second Empire to the First World War," an extensive study published in Vol. 3B of A. Peter Brown’s series The Symphonic Repertoire (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007). Professor Hart has also written on critical responses to the music of Debussy, the influence of Vincent d'Indy on French symphonic development, the French organ symphony, and the symphonies of Arthur Honegger. He is author of the entries on César Franck and Arthur Honegger for Oxford Bibliographies Online. He was the program annotator for the 2001 Bard Music Festival, Debussy and His World, held at Bard College and Lincoln Center. Professor Hart will serve as the editor for The Symphony in the Americas, vol. 5B of The Symphonic Repertoire, to be published by Indiana University Press.