With the conclusion of the 22-23 academic year, Boyer College of Music and Dance bids a fond farewell to three of its distinguished full-time professors. Dr. David Cannata, Dr. Matthew Greenbaum and Prof. Jan Krzywicki, all of the Department of Music Studies, will retire from Temple University at the end of June.
Honoring their countless contributions to their fields and to Boyer College, highlights of their successes and publications have been outlined below.
Dr. David Cannata, associate professor of music history
Dr. David Cannata's musicological interests have been centered on the executant/composer/conductor, and he has written on Granados, Liszt (and his students), Messiaen, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, as well as topics such as music & art, music & contemplation, music & theology and music & space.
Cannata came to Temple University in the fall semester of 1995 with awards from the American Musicological Society (AMS 50 Fellowship, 1991-92) and the Deutscher Musikeditions-Preis (1992, the first such award for Praktische Ausgaben) for his edition of Rachmaninoff's Early Piano Music. A revision of his doctoral dissertation, Rachmaninoff's Changing View of Symphonic Structure (NYU 1993), was published as Rachmaninoff and the Symphony (Innsbruck 1999).
While at Temple, his awards included those from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), the American Philosophical Society and two awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities - the first a summer stipend in 1998, and the second, as a full-year fellow (2005-06). He edited FLORES MUSICAIS: A Festschrift in Honor of Fernando Laires upon his 80th Birthday, for the Journal of the American Liszt Society LIV-LV-LVI (March 2006); and, a particular pleasure, he was the principal editor for QUOMODO CANTABIMUS CANTICUM? Studies in Honor of Edward H. Roesner (Middleton [WI], 2008). His most recent publication, a consideration of Paul Merrick's book, Liszt's Programmatic Use of Key (Budapest, 2021), will appear in the forthcoming issue of The Hungarian Liszt Society Journal (2023).
Dr. Matthew Greenbaum, professor of music composition
Dr. Matthew Greenbaum was born in New York City in 1950, where he studied composition with Stefan Wolpe and Mario Davidovsky. He holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Greenbaum's awards, fellowships and commissions include the Serge Koussevitzky Music Fund/Library of Congress, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Performances of his works include the Japan Society of Sonic Arts (Tokyo), the BEAMS Festival (Brandeis University), the Leningrad Spring Festival, the Jakart Festival (Indonesia), Hallische Musiktage, Ensemble SurPlus (Freiburg), Nova Consonanza (Rome), Ensemble 21 (Odense), the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus, Marc-André Hamelin, the Momenta Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, Orchestra 2001, Christopher Taylor and the Riverside Symphony, Counter-Induction and the Houston Symphony. He lives in Brooklyn.
Prof. Jan Krzywicki, professor of music theory and composition
Prof. Jan Krzywicki has been active as a composer, conductor and educator for more than 50 years. As a composer, he has been commissioned and performed by prestigious performers and organizations both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and in Italy at the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio) and the Liguria Center for the Arts (Bogliasco). His work is published primarily by Theodore Presser Co., Tritone Publications and Alphonse Leduc & Cie, and can be heard on Albany Records (three solo CDs) and other labels.
As a conductor, Krzywicki has directed music from the 13th century to the present and has conducted the contemporary ensemble Network for New Music for the last 32 years, having premiered over 100 works and performed many others. Krzywicki has also conducted the Temple University New Music Ensemble for the last 10 years, premiering works by students, faculty and other composers.
After studies at The Juilliard School, the University of Kansas and the Philadelphia Musical Academy, his teaching career began in 1972 at what is now the University of the Arts. He concurrently taught at the New School of Music, Haverford College and Temple University, teaching piano literature courses through Temple's piano department. In 1987, he was appointed to Temple's full-time music theory faculty where, for the last 35 years, he has taught courses in music theory, ear training, counterpoint, analysis and music composition. He retires after 50 years of college teaching.