Beckerman, Michael 1951–

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Beckerman, Michael 1951–

(Michael Brim Beckerman)

PERSONAL: Born August 2, 1951, in New York, NY; son of Bernard (a professor and writer) and Gloria (a professor and poet; maiden name, Brim) Beckerman; married Karen P. Beckerman; children: Charles, Bernard, Anne. Education: Hofstra University, B.A., 1973; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1982.

ADDRESSES: Home—2 Cornelia St., Apt. 605, New York, NY 10014. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writer and educator. University of California, Santa Barbara, professor of music, 1992–2002; New York University, NY, professor of music, 2002–, department chair, 2004.

WRITINGS:

(Editor) Dvorak and His World, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1993.

Janacek as Theorist, Pendragon Press (Stuyvesant, NY), 1995.

(Editor) Janacek and His World, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2003.

New Worlds of Dvorak: Searching in America for the Composer's Inner Life, W.W. Norton (New York, NY), 2003.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Idyllic Sounds, expected 2005.

SIDELIGHTS: Michael Beckerman told CA: "I write to explore two basic things: (1) The relationship between music and the rest of the world (2) The relationship between writing and the rest of the world.

"I am also trying to find the technology to make musical sound as accessible as art reproductions."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

American Music Teacher, February-March, 2004, Jane Ann Wilson, review of Janacek and His World, p. 91.

Library Journal, September 1, 2003, Larry Lipkis, review of Janacek and His World, p. 170.

Notes, September, 2003, Paul Christiansen, review of New Worlds of Dvorak: Searching in America for the Composer's Inner Life, p. 167.

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