Dana Gooley's research centers on European music and musical culture in the 19th century, with an emphasis on performance culture and the public sphere. A specialist of Franz Liszt and other pianists, he has also published on music criticism, virtuosity, and improvisation. He is writing a book on the aesthetics of improvisation in the 19th century. In his second research area, jazz history, he has worked on jam sessions, the jazz "standard," and conventional tropes of performance.

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I studied piano at New England Conservatory and English at Wesleyan University before pursuing my Ph.D. in musicology at Princeton University, finishing in 1999. My research has centered on Franz Liszt, music criticism, and the 19th century cult of the virtuoso. While in graduate school I developed a passion for jazz and I still perform regularly with my quartet Inventions. I also began giving courses in jazz history and this has fed into my secondary area, jazz history. I am currently writing a book on improvisation and the 19th century pianist-composer. Since coming to Brown I have taken a strong interest in bridging performance studies and music history, and this has led to new projects on the history of conventions of musical performance. I give courses on music history, improvisation, opera, historiography, jazz, and European cultural history.

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Associate Professor of Music

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