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Overview

  • Daniel Beller-McKenna teaches music history at the University of New Hampshire where he has been on the faculty since 1998. Previously he served on the faculty of the University of South Carolina.  He holds degrees in Journalism and Music from Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied classical guitar and music history, and from Harvard University where he wrote his dissertation on Brahms’s later settings of biblical texts.  His research has continued to focus on Brahms, including the 2004 monograph Brahms and the German Spirit, which examines Brahms and nationalism.  He is currently completing a book on issues of memory and nostalgia in Brahms’s music and its reception, as well as articles on the use of Brahms’s music in French literature and film in the mid-twentieth century.  His articles on Brahms have appeared in 19th Century Music, The Journal of Musicology, Music & Letters, and other scholarly journals.  Additionally he has published articles on John Lennon and the Beatles.  Beller-McKenna serves on the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society, of which he was President from 2001-2007, and has served as President of the New England Chapter and on various committees of the American Musicological Society.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Imagination and Memory: Inter-movement Thematic Recall in Beethoven and BrahmsNineteenth Century Music Review.  15. 2018
    2017 Vous souvenez-vous de Brahms? Brahms and Memory in Françoise Sagan's Aimez-vous Brahms . .American Brahms Society Newsletter.  1-4. 2017
    2009 The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic TraditionJournal of the American Musicological Society.  62:737-742. 2009
    2005 Distance and disembodiment: Harps, horns, and the requiem idea in Schumann and BrahmsJournal of Musicology.  22:47-89. 2005
    2003 The Beatles as musicians: The Quarry Men through 'Rubber Soul'Notes.  59:614-615. 2003
    2001 The rise and fall of Brahms the GermanJournal of Musicological Research.  20:187-210. 2001
    1999 Beatle-John's 'alter ego' (John Lennon and his early Beatles work)Music and Letters.  80:254-268. 1999
    1998 How deutsch a requiem? Absolute music, universality, and the reception of Brahm's Ein 'Deutsches Requiem', op. 45Nineteenth Century Music.  22:3-19. 1998

    Book

    Year Title
    2004 Brahms and the German Spirit 2004

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2018 Driving Stones Country in Five Songs 2018

    Teaching Activities

  • Country Music Taught course 2019
  • Roots of Rock Taught course 2019
  • Country Music Taught course 2018
  • Roots of Rock Taught course 2018
  • Introduction to Bibliography Taught course 2017
  • Music of the Romantic Period Taught course 2017
  • Country Music Taught course 2017
  • History & Literature of Music Taught course 2017
  • Roots of Rock Taught course 2017
  • History & Literature of Music Taught course 2016
  • Research Seminar Taught course 2016
  • Sem/Schubert's Instrumental Taught course 2016
  • Country Music Taught course 2016
  • History & Literature of Music Taught course 2016
  • Survey of Music in America Taught course 2016
  • History & Literature of Music Taught course 2015
  • Roots of Rock Taught course 2015
  • Country Music Taught course 2015
  • Introduction to Music Taught course 2015
  • Roots of Rock Taught course 2015
  • Introduction to Bibliography Taught course 2014
  • Music of the Romantic Period Taught course 2014
  • History & Literature of Music Taught course 2014
  • Popular Music &Rebellion 1960s Taught course 2014
  • Research Seminar Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Music, Temple University
  • M.M. Music, Temple University
  • Ph.D. Music, Harvard University
  • Full Name

  • Daniel Beller-McKenna