Charles Youmans teaches undergraduate and graduate music history. Before joining the School of Music faculty in 1999, he taught for three years at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Youmans's research deals with musical aesthetics in late nineteenth-century Germany and Austria. His book Richard Strauss's Orchestral Music and the German Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2005), examines the influence of Goethe, Wagner, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche on the music and programs of Strauss's tone poems. Further research interests include musical hermeneutics, Gustav Mahler, and the reception of Eduard Hanslick's formalism. Articles by Youmans have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Music, The Musical Quarterly, the Journal of Musicology, and elsewhere. He has presented papers at conferences in the United States and Germany.
Trained as a classical guitarist, Youmans has studied interpretation with John Sutherland, Christopher Parkening, and David Russell. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in guitar performance from the University of Georgia, and the A.M. and Ph.D. in musicology from Duke University.
Richard Strauss's Orchestral Music And The German Intellectual Tradition: The Philosophical Roots Of Musical Modernism
The cultural convictions and preconceptions which grounded the composer's artistic choices and an exploration of the significant influences of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Goethe, and Wagner on the young Strauss.
Indiana University Press, 2005
Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue
Using a wealth of documentary material, this book reconstructs the 24-year relationship between Mahler and Strauss through collage—"a meaning that arises from fragments," to borrow Adorno's characterization of Mahler's Sixth Symphony.
Indiana University Press, 2016