philosophy of music

Derek Miller

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Derek Miller is a PhD candidate in Drama at Stanford University, where his dissertation will focus on sound in and as performance, particularly in musical theater, opera, and concert music. He won a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship in support of this work. In 2011, he is coordinating the first Arts Circle at Stanford, a workshop/seminar for exceptional undergraduate arts practitioners. While at Stanford, Derek acted as music director for Love’s Labour’s Lost and dramaturg for Rent; he is currently writing the script for an evening of opera scenes by Mozart, to be performed in 2011. As an actor, he has trained in Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart and SITI Company, in Practical Aesthetics with the Atlantic Theater Company, and at Boston University. He has performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival (under the direction of Evan Cabnet) and the New York Fringe Festival (premiere of Nicky Goes Goth by Elizabeth Meriwether), with the Public Theater (as part of their 365 Days/365 Plays and through their collaboration with Stanford, under the direction of Joanna Settle), and for MFA Directing Candidates at Columbia University. He is an amateur clarinetist and his satirical lyrics have been featured at the Stanford Humanities Center and at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His academic writings on musical theater have appeared in Theater Journal and Studies in Musical Theatre, and his article on the phenomenology of piano playing is forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review. He has presented papers on musical theater at Song, Stage & Screen and at the Harvard Graduate Music Forum. Derek received his BA cum laude in English from Yale, where he appeared in dozens of plays and scenes and served on the board of the Yale Dramatic Association.

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My research focuses on the long nineteenth century, in particular the intersection of literature, music and philosophy. My first book, "Zwillingshafte Gebärden": Zur kulturellen Wahrnehmung des vierhändigen Klavierspiels im neunzehnten Jahrhundert  (Königshausen & Neumann, 2009), traces four-hand piano playing as both a cultural practice and a motif in literature, art and philosophy. My second book Uncivil Unions - The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism  (University of Chicago Press, 2012), explored German philosophical theories of marriage from Kant to Nietzsche. My most recent book, Tristan's Shadow - Sexuality and the Total Work of Art (University of Chicago Press, 2013), deals with eroticism in German opera after Wagner. My current book project will trace the fate of the dynasty in the age of the nuclear family. In addition, I have published articles on topics such as fin-de-siècle German opera, the films of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, literature and scandal, the cultural use of ballads in the nineteenth century, and writers like Novalis, Stefan George, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno and W.G. Sebald.


2008 Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
2004 M.A. University of Pennsylvania
2003 B.A. Swarthmore College

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