Brian Hart

Professor and Coordinator of Music History and Literature

Brian Hart

Brian Hart, Ph.D., has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses in music history at Northern Illinois University since 1996. His research has concentrated on French music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; he has written articles and papers on various aspects of the symphony in France and 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 the author of the entries on César Franck, Arthur Honegger, and Vincent d’Indy 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 is currently serving as editor for The Symphony in the Americas, Vol. 5 of The Symphonic Repertoire, to be published by Indiana University Press.


Ph.D., Indiana University


MUHL 321 - Music I
MUHL 322 - History II
MUHL 323 - History III
MUHL 526 - American History
MUHL 623 - 20th Century Idioms I
MUHL 630 - Romantic Era
MUHL 631 - 20th Century Idioms II
MUHL 721 - Operatic Literature
MUHL 722 - Symphonic Literature



In my classes I provide information about composers and their music as well as the cultural and political environments in which they worked, in order to see what music meant to the people writing and listening to it, and why music developed as it did.

I acquaint students with as many composers, styles, and types of pieces as possible in order to expand their knowledge of the musical repertory and enhance their own performances."