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David Bernstein



BA, Queens College
MA, Columbia University
PhD, Columbia University

Professional Interests

John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, American Experimentalism, avant-garde music and aesthetics, Arnold Schoenberg’s tonal theories, post-tonal theory and analysis, 20th-century music literature, the history of late 19th- and early 20th-century harmonic theory


David W. Bernstein is a professor of music at Mills College at Northeastern University. His publications include The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-GardeWritings through John Cage’s Music, Poetry, and Art; as well as essays in Cage & Consequences; The Cambridge Companion to John CageJohn Cage: Music, Philosophy, and Intention, 1933-50The New York Schools of Music and the Visual ArtsAlvin Curran: Live in Roma; and the Cambridge History of Western Music Theory. His writings have also appeared in the Journal of Music TheoryCurrent MusicologyMusic Theory Spectrum, and Contemporary Music Review. He also served as editor of Music Theory Spectrum. He is currently writing a book about Pauline Oliveros for the University of Illinois Press and working on an online archive of recordings documenting the extraordinary history of experimental music that took place on the Mills campus.

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