Christopher A. Reynolds
222E Music Building
TW 11–12 & by appointment
Professor of Musicology (Ph.D., Princeton University). Recipient of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Research (2013), and also the UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award (2000–01). Research areas: music of 19th-century Germany, American music, and Renaissance music.
He has been elected President of the American Musicological Society (AMS) for the years 2013 and 2014.
Reynolds is the author of many articles and two books, one on Renaissance music in fifteenth-century Rome, and another on how composers in the 19th century influenced each other, called Motives for Allusion: Context and Content in Nineteenth-Century Music (Harvard University Press, 2003). He is currently completing a book entitled Contrary Motions: Wagner, Schumann and the Lessons of Beethoven’s Ninth. His research has been supported by fellowships from the ACLS, the NEH (twice), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and two residencies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence. He was a founding editor of the journal Beethoven Forum.
Motives for Allusion was a finalist for the Otto Kinkeldey Award by the AMS. His article, “Porgy and Bess: An ‘American Wozzeck’,” in the Journal of the Society for American Music (2007), won the H. Colin Slim Award (2008) from the AMS, and it also received the Kurt Weill Prize from the Kurt Weill Foundation as the best study of musical theatre published during the preceding two years. He is in the process of donating his collection of 5,000 songs composed by women to the university library, where it is housed in special collections as the.
Reynolds has held visiting professorships at several institutions, including Yale, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, in Germany at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Goettingen, and in Florence, Italy, at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies.
As an administrator, Reynolds has twice been chair of the Music Department and was chair of the faculty of the College of Letters and Science. From 2002–04, he was director of the UC Study Center in Germany. He has been editor of the AMS Studies in Music book series published with Oxford University Press (from 2009–12).
Women Song Composers: A Listing of Songs Published in the United States and England, c. 1890–1930:
database and essay
"Porgy and Bess: 'An American Wozzeck'," Journal of the Society for American Music,
Volume 1, Issue 01, February 2007, pp. 1–28
Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Womens Song, 1850–1950
Listing of Women's Song Collection