Dr. Clara Marvin

  • B.A. (SUNY Buffalo)
  • M.A. (Columbia)
  • M.Phil. (Yale)
  • Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Professor (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)

Email: ckm1@queensu.ca

Dr. Clara Marvin

A member of the Queen's University faculty since 1997, Clara Marvin holds degrees in music history and musicology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A. summa cum laude), Columbia (M.A.), Yale (M.Phil.), and University of Toronto (Ph.D.). Her thesis dealt with the evolution of the concept of categories of musical style in writings from Renaissance and Baroque Italy.

A nmember of the Queen's University faculty since 1997, Clara Marvin holds degrees in music history and musicology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A. summa cum laude), Columbia (M.A.), Yale (M.Phil.), and University of Toronto (Ph.D.). Her thesis dealt with the evolution of the concept of categories of musical style in writings from Renaissance and Baroque Italy. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the American Association of University Women, and is a member of a number of professional societies and of Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Marvin's principal scholarly focus is the history of music theory and musical style, and she has special interests in Palestrina, church music of the Italian and German baroque, Beethoven studies and film music. She also has a strong extramusical interest in the life and writings of the British soldier-author T.E. Lawrence ("of Arabia "). She is the author of a number of publications in the Journal of Music Theory, Notes, the Journal of the T. E. Lawrence Society, and Queen's Quarterly. She is the former English-language book review editor for Intersections (formerly the Canadian University Music Review), and also contributes frequently to RILM. Her book, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: A Guide to Research, was published in 2002, and is currently being prepared for a second edition. She is also working on a book about images of Beethoven in twentieth-century film, as well as a research and bibliographical study of Beethoven in twentieth-century scholarship.

Dr. Marvin has taught general courses in the history of music in the Western art tradition, period courses in baroque, classical, romantic and twentieth-century musics, as well as specialized courses in Beethoven, the history of the oratorio from 1600-1800, film music, musical research methods and bibliography, and individual directed studies.