Robert Hasegawa

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, Music Theory, William Dawson Scholar

Department: 
Music Research
Area(s): 
Music Theory
Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-4400 Ext 089496
Email address: 
robert.hasegawa [at] mcgill.ca
Group: 
Faculty
Degree(s): 

Ph.D. (Harvard).

Biography: 

Robert Hasegawa joined the Schulich School of Music in 2012, after several years on faculty at the Eastman School of Music.  He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University and his scholarly interests include the music of György Ligeti, French ‘spectralist’ composters Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail, transformational theory, and the history of music theory. His doctoral dissertation ‘Just Intervals and Tone Representation in Contemporary Music,” explored how research on the psychology of aural perception can inform the analysis of music by composers ranging from Claude Debussy to La Monte Young. Other recent projects include a study of Hans Zender’s recent microtonal music (published in Perspectives of New Music), an article on atonal theory for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, a chapter on extended just intonation for the volume Théories de la composition musicale au XXe siècle, and articles in the Oxford Handbook series on compositional constraints and the relationship between timbre and harmony in contemporary music. In addition to his theoretical work, Robert is an active composer with works performed by cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort, and the Arête Duo (Doug O'Connor, saxophone and Jake Harpster, percussion). For more details, visit his website.