Harald Krebs

B.Mus. (UBC), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Yale)
Professor
Theory, Head of Theory Program

MacLaurin Building (Music Wing)
By Appointment
hkrebs@uvic.ca

Brief Biography

Harald Krebs obtained his PhD in music theory from Yale University in 1980. He held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and taught at UBC and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a sessional instructor. He joined the music faculty at the University of Victoria in 1986. He is head of the theory section, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theory. He has published widely on the tonal and rhythmic structure of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music in Canadian, American and European journals, and in numerous collections of essays. His book Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann appeared with Oxford University Press in 1999; in 2002, this book won the Society for Music Theory's Wallace Berry Award for a distinguished book in music theory. He has given guest lectures at numerous universities in North America and Europe. He was Vice President of the Society for Music Theory from 2003 to 2005.  He was a member of the editorial boards of the journals Music Theory Spectrum and Canadian University Music Review, and is currently on the editorial boards of Theoria and Indiana Theory Review. His research on the life and songs of Josephine Lang (1815-80) led to the book Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (co-author Sharon Krebs), published in 2007 by Oxford University Press, with a CD of 30 songs recorded by the authors. Harald has edited a selection of 22 songs by Lang (Hildegard Press, 2006), and the first volume of a critical edition of Lang's collected songs for the series Denkmäler der Musik in Baden-Württemberg (Strube Verlag, 2008). He is active as a pianist and performs frequently in collaboration with Sharon Krebs (for example, in the recital series Lieder at Lunch, which Sharon and he founded in 2001) and with other musicians. With Sharon, he has recorded two CDs of little-known lullabies (Lullabies for Rory, and Lullabies for Samantha).  In 2010, Harald was elected President of the Society for Music Theory, and was named the eleventh UVic Distinguished Professor.

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