Jeffrey Dane


 Music historian, journalist, author etc.

 Jeffrey Dane   is a music historian, researcher, journalist, essayist and author. Born in New York, he studied at the Juilliard School (composition) with Stanley Wolfe, Peter Schickele, and Hall Overton. His chamber music has been performed at New York University on commission from the American Music Festival. He has lived in Europe where he spent time in several of the continent's musical centers, and has researched in Germany (Leipzig and Weimar), Switzerland (Zürich), and Austria (Salzburg, Bad Ischl, Gmunden, Baden, Mrzzuschlag, and Vienna, his favorite city). He has a genuine passion for music, its composers, practitioners, history, and literature. He fully acknowledges (and makes no apologies for) a marked tendency to develop an almost emotional attachment to the composers, living or not, whose music he studies.

The countries in which his work appears include Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and Australia. His writings have been translated into several languages, including German, Danish, Russian, and Swedish. He has been a Contributing Editor to the Toronto quarterly, Classical Music Magazine; to Heritage, published in Florida; to Austrian Culture, The Alamo Journal, Pro Musica Sana, and to The Brooklyn Baron. His writings appear in both printed and in online publications. His piece, If Brahms Had Lived - A Conjectural Obituary was published in London's The Musical Times (the earliest still-active music journal in England). He has written extensively about Brahms, and these articles have been published in various countries and their respective languages. His personal Recollection of Leonard Bernstein, whom he knew when a student and who was a mentor and significant influence during his formative years, appeared in the Musical Performance Journal (London), and a special Bernstein-related article, Gone But Not Lost, was published in Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, the official publication of The Leonard Bernstein Society.

Among his other writings are book and CD reviews; magazine articles about the pianos, the spiritual views, the manuscripts, and the various writing accouterments of the composers; and pieces about film scores and the composers who wrote them. He has met and spoken with innumerable renowned musicians and contemporary composers (some of whom have been the subjects of his articles), including Samuel Barber, Pierre Boulez, Elliot Carter, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Roy Harris, Paul Hindemith, Alan Hovhaness, Aram Khachaturian, Peter Mennin, Ned Rorem, Miklos Rozsa, Artur Rubinstein, William Schuman, Leopold Stokowski, Edgar Varèse, and Franz Waxman. Some of his other articles include those about Elmer Bernstein, Ernest Bloch, Delius, Mahler, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.

His book, Beethoven's Piano, was published by New York's Museum of the American Piano; another book, about selected composers, is now in preparation. He has contributed to the following books: Leonard Bernstein - A Life by Meryle Secrest (Alfred Knopf, New York, 1994), to The Composer In Hollywood by Christopher Palmer (Marion Boyars Publishers, London, 1991), to the college textbook Listening To Music by Dr. Jay Zorn (Prentice Hall, New York, 1995), and to Reflections '97 by Basil Tschaikov & Jon Tolansky (Musical Performance Research Centre, Harwood Academic Publishers, London, 1997).

As a historian, and as a relaxing diversion from the norm of routine, he has travelled widely and has researched and written articles having a non-musical focus, on subjects ranging from Goethe to George Washington, antiques, travel, the Alamo and other historic structures (including the Brahms Museum in Mrzzuschlag, Austria, and Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, whose Curator he interviewed and of whom he wrote a profile), essays on the relationships between the independent and the academic scholar, articles about the practical and conceptual difficulties authors face today, and a historical perspective of James Bowie.


Jeffrey Dane may be contacted through e-mail to Jeffdane43@aol.com.
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