Burkholder, J(ames) Peter
- Paula Morgan
(b Chapel Hill, NC, June 17, 1954). American musicologist. He received the AB in music from Earlham College in 1975. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago, where he took the MA in 1980 in composition and music history and theory with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran; he took the PhD in 1983 in musicology with Robert P. Morgan and Howard Mayer Brown. Burkholder began his teaching career at the University of Chicago in 1979. He joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1982, chairing the musicology area, 1987–8. In 1988 he was appointed associate professor of music at Indiana University; he was named associate dean of the faculties in 1995 and professor of music in 1996. He became president of the Charles Ives Society in 1992.
Burkholder’s research interests include modernism and meaning in music and musical borrowing and quotations. He has focussed these interests particularly on the compositions and ideas of Charles Ives, but he has also written on Brahms and Berg and authored the study and listening guides for the fifth edition of Grout’s ...