Gary Tomlinson

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Gary Alfred Tomlinson (born December 4, 1951) is an American musicologist and the John Hay Whitney Professor of Music and Humanities at Yale University. He was formerly the Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.[1] He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D., in 1979 with thesis titled Rinuccini, Peri, Monteverdi, and the humanist heritage of opera.

Tomlinson became Director of the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, in 2012.[2]

Tomlinson's research has ranged across diverse fields, including the history of opera, early-modern European musical thought and practice, the musical cultures of indigenous American societies, and the philosophy of history and critical theory. His latest research concerns music, culture, and human evolution.



Selected Essays[edit]

  • "Two Deep-Historical Models of Climate Crisis," South Atlantic Quarterly 116 (2017)
  • "Sound, Affect, and Musicking before the Human," boundary 2 43 (2016)
  • "Evolutionary Studies in the Humanities: The Case of Music," Critical Inquiry 39 (2013)
  • "Parahuman Wagnerism," The Opera Quarterly 29 (2013)
  • "Il faut mediterraniser la musique: After Braudel," in Braudel Revisited: The Mediterranean World, 1600-1800 (University of Toronto Press, 2010)
  • "Hamlet and Poppea: Musicking Benjamin's Trauerspiel," in The Opera Quarterly 25 (2009)
  • "Monumental Musicology," review essay of Richard Taruskin, The Oxford History of Western Music, in Journal of the Royal Musical Association 132 (2007)
  • "Musicology, Anthropology, History," in The Cultural Study of Music (Rutledge, 2003, 2011)
  • "Vico's Songs: Detours at the Origins of Ethnomusicology," in The Musical Quarterly 83 (1999)
  • "Ideologies of Aztec Song," in Journal of the American Musicological Society 48 (1995)
  • "Musical Pasts and Postmodern Musicologies: A Response to Lawrence Kramer," in Current Musicology 53 (1993)
  • "Cultural Dialogics and Jazz: A White Historian Signifies," in Black Music Research Journal 11 (1991)
  • "The Web of Culture: A Context for Musicology," in 19th-Century Music 7 (1984)
  • "Madrigal, Monody, and Monteverdi's via naturale alla immitatione," Journal of the American Musicological Society 34 (1981)


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