Fink, Robert (Wallace )
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(b Boston, MA, Oct 14, 1961). American musicologist. Fink received a BA summa cum laude in music from Yale University (1983), an MA in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music (1988), and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of California, Berkeley (1994). He taught at the Eastman School of Music (1992–1998) before joining the musicology faculty at UCLA. Focusing on music after 1945, Fink’s research unites detailed musical analysis with insights drawn from cultural criticism. His primary areas of interest are minimalism and post-minimalism, popular music (especially electronic dance music and 1960s soul), and postmodernism and the canon. In his influential book Repeating Ourselves Fink eschews the formalism typically advocated by practitioners and critics. Instead he analyzes minimalist compositions within the context of postwar American consumer society by comparing them with disco, advertising strategies, innovations in hi-fi technology, and the Suzuki pedagogical method. In his articles “Elvis Everywhere” and “ORCH5” Fink turns his attention to the post-canonic musical landscape where popular and classical music (and their scholars) can no longer be segregated. He has also published on Gilbert and Sullivan’s ...