David Byrne

In the Faculty

Teaching activities
Music Theory 1 & 2
Music Theory after 1900
Graduate Theory Seminar
20th Century Theory

Professional Bio
Originally from Vancouver, David Byrne is a music theorist, conductor and clarinetist. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory at University of Cincinnati, where he taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in music theory and musicianship. Between September 2011 and May 2013, David was a visiting instructor of music theory at the University of Manitoba. David is thrilled to join the Desautels Faculty of Music, and is eagerly looking forward to working again with the faculty’s students, professors and staff.

His primary research focuses on harmony and tonality in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music. He is especially interested in harmonic theories that developed during those periods, and how they relate to modern analytical tools for the analysis of chromatic music. David’s other research interests include transformational and mathematical models of music, the symphony in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the music of Great Britain and Scandinavia. He has presented his research at several national and regional conferences of the Society for Music Theory, and at the North American British Music Studies Association. He has also recently published an article in Music Research Forum (2012).

David received the M.Mus. in conducting from the University of Manitoba, where he was taught by Dale Lonis and Fraser Linklater. He has also completed a doctoral cognate program in wind conducting at the University of Cincinnati, and has participated in several summer courses in orchestral and wind conducting, where he worked with many leading conductors. David has conducted performances with a variety of student, amateur and professional ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the University of British Columbia Wind Symphony, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. He also remains active as a clarinet and bass clarinet player, most recently performing with the University of Manitoba Chamber Winds.

Creative Activity
“Bernhard Ziehn’s Models of Voice Leading and Chord Succession in Chromatic Music.” Music Research Forum 27 (2012): 27-52.

“Frederick Delius’ The Song of the High Hills (1912): Two-Dimensional Sonata Form, Cumulative Variation, and ‘The Wide Far Distance’.” Music Theory Midwest: Ann Arbor, MI (May 201byrne2). Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory: Greeley, CO (March 2012). North American British Music Studies Association Conference: Urbana, IL (July 2012).

“Does Nature Seek Closure? Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933) on Enharmonicism, Equal Divisions and Tonal Unity in a Song by Liszt.” Society for Music Theory National Conference: Minneapolis, MN (October 2011).

“Sonata Form and Tonal Structure in the First Movement of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony.” Society for Music Theory National Conference: Nashville, TN (November 2008). Music Theory Midwest: Bowling Green, OH (May 2008). Music Theory and Musicology Society: University of Cincinnati (March 2008).

Room T213
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Rd.
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-6015