Eric McKee, Professor of Music Theory, joined the Penn State faculty in 1992 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he served as editor of the music theory journal, In Theory Only.
Besides numerous presentations at national conferences in the United States, McKee has presented his research in England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Canada. His articles have appeared in such journals as Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, In Theory Only, and Theory and Practice.
McKee's research projects have explored the musical depictions of death and spirituality in 18th and 19th century music, Schenkerian approaches to tonal form, phrase rhythm in the music of Mozart, and the minuets of Bach and Mozart. His current research, for which he was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, focuses on the influence of the dance in Chopin's music.
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Decorum of the Minuet, Delirium of the Waltz: A Study of Dance-Music Relations in 3/4 Time
Eric J. McKee
Much music was written for the two most important dances of the 18th and 19th centuries, the minuet and the waltz. In Decorum of the Minuet, Delirium of the Waltz, Eric McKee argues that to better understand the musical structures and expressive meanings of this dance music, one must be aware of the social contexts and bodily rhythms of the social dances upon which it is based.
Publisher: Indiana University Press