Personnel Profile

Dr. Joseph E. Jones, Assistant Professor of Music History

Dr. Joseph E. Jones

Joseph E. Jones (Ph.D., Illinois) teaches courses in music history and musicology, and he serves as Coordinator of Music History.

Dr. Jones completed graduate degrees in musicology at the University of Illinois, culminating with a doctoral dissertation titled “Der Rosenkavalier: Genesis, Modeling, and New Aesthetic Paths.” His undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris centered on vocal performance and the liberal arts.

His research focuses primarily on German opera, especially the collaborations of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, while his broader interests include Viennese cultural history, the fin de siècle, and sketch studies. He has co-edited a book with William Kinderman titled Genetic Criticism and the Creative Process, an interdisciplinary collection of essays drawn from the fields of music, literature, and theater.

Recent projects include an article on the character of Siegfried in Wagner’s Ring cycle published in The Journal of Musicological Research and grant-supported research on Strauss’s Arabella. Jones’s interests also extend to television and video game music. An essay published in Music Research Forum explores the work of Bear McCreary, whose soundtracks feature eclectic combinations of instruments drawn from the Western orchestra, from folk and rock styles, and from various non-Western traditions.

Dr. Jones has presented papers at dozens of conferences including meetings of the American Musicological Society, International Musicological Society, College Music Society, Modern Language Association, and Royal Music Association.

Contact Information

Music Department
BMus 124
MSC 174 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-3428
fax: 361-593-2816
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This page was last updated on: June 7, 2018