Paul F. Wilson

Title/Position: Professor Emeritus, Theory and Composition

Profile:

What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Presenting a paper on atonality in Bartók’s music at an international conference in Hungary in 1981

Presenting to a national conference of the Society for Music Theory at Yale University in 1983

Being invited in 1991 to serve on the steering committee to found our regional music-theory society, Music Theory Southeast, an organization of which I am now president

Having my book, The Music of Béla Bartók, published by Yale University Press in 1992

Receiving the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 2000

Why do you teach?

For two reasons:

to help young musicians gain the skills and experience they need to succeed as professional musicians

to enable even skilled performers to gain awareness of and immersion in the musical riches that exist in every genre of music

What is the relevance of music in modern society?

There are uncountable ways of being musical or experiencing music in present-day life and all of them reflect the simple fact that music is a universal human activity, a necessary part of any human society. To live without music is to impoverish our lives and society to an unimaginable degree.


Paul Wilson is an internationally recognized expert on Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. In 1992 Yale University Press published his probing work The Music of Béla Bartók.

In addition, Prof. Wilson has had articles, reviews and studies published in such leading publications as

Journal of Music Theory
Music Theory Spectrum
Theory and Practice
Times (London) Literary Supplement

An expert on Schenkerian theory, Wilson teaches traditional undergraduate music theory and musicianship, counterpoint, analysis, analysis of 20th-century music, and music-theory pedagogy at UM.

He is currently working on studies of the music of Prokofiev and in 2008 delivered an address on sonata form in Bartók’s Fourth Quartet to an international conference on the Bartók Quartets.

Professor Wilson holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University, an M.A. in music theory from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in music theory from Yale University.

Short Biography

Paul Wilson is professor emeritus of theory and composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he chaired the committee to design and implement the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum. He retired in 2011. An expert on Schenkerian theory, he also taught traditional undergraduate music theory and musicianship, counterpoint, analysis, analysis of 20th-century music, and music-theory pedagogy. Paul Wilson is an internationally recognized expert on Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. In 1992 Yale University Press published his probing work The Music of Béla Bartók and in 2008 he delivered an address on sonata form in Bartók’s Fourth Quartet to an international conference on the Bartók Quartets. Wilson is currently working on studies of the music of Prokofiev.  Professor Wilson holds a B.A. degree from Harvard University, an M.A. in music theory from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in music theory from Yale University.


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"The perfect performance is one in which my attention as a listener is completely captured, to the point of self-forgetfulness, and where I hear all aspects of the music—design, emotion, sound—interact so completely that I am, quoting Paul Hindemith, 'co-creating' the piece." —Paul Wilson


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