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Derek R. Strykowski holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Brandeis University, where he was a Mildred and Herbert Lee fellow, and is presently an associate teaching professor at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.

As a scholar, Dr. Strykowski investigates the artistic impact of the music publishing business upon the work of nineteenth-century concert composers in both Europe and, increasingly, the United States. Recent journal articles include an exploration of the strategies by which composers and publishers negotiated questions of musical style and a quantitative study of the professional relationships that Romantic-era composers formed with publisher Breitkopf & Härtel. Strykowski also maintains a second program of research involving the formal empirical analysis of sixteenth-century polyphony. Learn more at


Ph.D. Historical Musicology, Brandeis University (2016)

M.F.A. Historical Musicology, Brandeis University (2014)

B.A. Summa cum laude, Music with High Honors, Brandeis University (2010)

Diploma, Phillips Academy, Andover (2006)

Other Publications

“Hearing the Interrogative in the Cadences of Sigismondo d’India: A Quantitative Analysis of the Polyphonic Madrigals.” Intégral: The Journal of Applied Musical Thought 36 (June 2023): 103–128.

Strykowski, Derek R. “The Negotiation of Nineteenth-Century Style: A Case Study in Composer–Publisher Relations.” International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, vol. 49, no. 2 (January 2019) [backdated to 2018): pp. 217–242.

Strykowski, Derek R. “The Business of Composition: Measuring Economic Relationships at Breitkopf & Härtel, 1798–1838.” Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, vol. 74, no. 4 (June 2018): pp. 574–602.

Strykowski, Derek R. “Text Painting, or Coincidence? Treatment of Height-Related Imagery in the Madrigals of Luca Marenzio.” Empirical Musicology Review, vol. 11, no. 2 (January 2017) [backdated to 2016]: pp. 109–119.

Strykowski, Derek R. “The Diegetic Music of Berg’s Lulu: When Opera and Serialism Collide.” Journal of Musicological Research, vol. 35, no. 1 (January 2016): pp. 1–22.

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Sounding the Interrogative: Cadential Attenuation as Syntactic Device in the Madrigals of Sigismondo d’India.” Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society. Boston: November 2019.

    “Hearing the Interrogative in the Polyphonic Madrigals of Sigismondo d’India: A Quantitative Analysis.” Third Annual Conference on the Italian Madrigal. Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, September 2018.

    “Three Principles of Economics at Work in the Nineteenth-Century Music Shop.” Musicology Lecture Series. Amherst, NY: University at Buffalo, March 2017.

    “Translation Across Time: A Case of Semantic Drift in the Musical Lexicon.” Enter Textuality: Shifting Perspectives through Editorial Studies. Boston: Editorial Institute at Boston University, April 2016.

    “Symphonies for Sale: How Composers and Publishers Negotiated the Style of Concert Music in the Long Nineteenth Century.” New England chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society. Amherst, MA: Amherst College, October 2015


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