Scott Warfield, Ph.D.

Scott Warfield is a musicologist whose interests cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging through most areas of Western Classical music from about 1600 to the present, and also in the Music of the United States. He is a leading expert on the music of Richard Strauss, having begun his career with a dissertation on that composer's early years and first tone poem, Macbeth. (University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll). Since then, Warfield's published articles and reviews on Strauss's career and music, and the Strauss bibliography have appeared in such journals as the Richard Strauss Blätter, MLA Notes, Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of 19th-Century Music, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapter and the annotated bibliography in The Richard Strauss Companion (Praeger, 2003), the essay "Richard Strauss and the Business of Music" in The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss (Cambridge UP, 2010), an article on the Strauss-Hofmannsthal collaboration in a recent issue of Ars Lyrica (v. 24, 2015), and the chapter on "The Orchestra" for Richard Strauss in Context (Cambridge UP, 2020). His current "Strauss" projects include an essay for the Festschrift in honor of Bryan Gilliam (Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, projected publication 2022) and a series of prefaces for scores in the Repertorie Explorer Series (Munich: Musikproduktion Hoeflich).  He is a frequent presenter on national and international meetings, including multiple National Meetings of the American Musicological Society, the "Strauss Among the Scholars" Conference (Oxford U, 2007), and as an invited speaker at the CBDA National Meeting (Ann Arbor, 2007), among many others.

Warfield's second area of interest is in the Music of the United States, especially the American Musical Theater and other forms of popular music. His chapter on the "Rock Musical" in The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (2002, rev. 2nd ed., 2008, and rev. 3rd. ed, 2017) is the first-ever published definition of the genre. He has presented on that and related topics at various meetings, including "Song, Stage and Screen" III (NYC, 2008), VI (Kansas City, 2011), and XI (NYC, 2016); "Classic Broadway" : the Susan B. Porter Memorial Symposium (UC-Boulder, 2010), "Putting It Together": Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research (U of Sheffield, UK, 2016); and "Reading Musicals: Sources, Editions, Performances" (Great American Songbook Foundation, 2018), among many others.  He contributed more than a dozen entries on musical theater topics to the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (2013), and in the spring of 2013 he was the featured "project scholar" for America's Music : A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway (co-sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute, the American Library Association and the NEH), held at the Orange County Public Library (Orlando, FL).   His most recent publications on popular music include a dozen entries on various hip hop performers in Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio, 2018) and the chapter "From Chicago to Broadway: the Origins of Grease" in Grease is the Word: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon (Anthem Press, 2019). His current and future projects include an extended essay on rock music on Broadway before Hair, and several studies of the failed Broadway musical, A Joyful Noise (1966). 

Warfield is also well known as a writer on music for general audiences. He was for nearly twenty years the chief program annotator for the North Carolina Symphony, and his annotations have also been used for numerous other venues, including Carnegie Hall. As a classical music critic he has written for the Raleigh News and Observer and for the Orlando Sentinel. His reputation as a writer and teacher of writing led to an invitation to contribute the chapter on "The Research Paper," in The Music History Classroom (Ashgate, 2012), and in 2014 he presented at the Teaching Music History Conference (Roosevelt University, Chicago).  

Warfield's work in the classroom has been recognized with a "TIP" Award (UCF's competitive award for teaching excellence) and the 2014 Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (UCF College of Arts and Humanities).  In the fall of 2020, he was inducted into UCF's Scroll and Quill Society in recognition of his scholarly work.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A. in Music History and Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University

Research Interests

  • Music of the 17th through 20th centuries
  • Richard Strauss
  • Orchestral Music
  • Programmatic Music
  • American Music
  • Musical Theater, especially the "Rock Musical"

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • "'...when all the stupidities and irrelevances of a thousand critics have hardened, it is of no use at all...' : Strauss, Hofmannsthal and Ariadne's Critics," Ars Lyrica 24 (2015): 51-74
  • “Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer (1818-1893): Some Biographical Notes on Richard Strauss’s Composition Teacher,” Richard Strauss-Blätter 37 (June 1997): 54-74
  • “The Autograph of Strauss’s Festmarsch, o.Op. 87 (T 157),” Richard Strauss-Blätter 27 (June 1992): 60-79

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming “Father and Son Manuscript Copies in the Oeuvre of Richard Strauss,” Bryan Gilliam Festschrift, Charles Youmans & Matthew Werley, eds. (Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, projected publication 2022) [in preparation]
  • "The Orchestra" in Richard Strauss in Context, Morten Kristiansen & Joseph Jones, eds., (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • "From Chicago to Broadway: The Origins of Grease" in Grease is the Word: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon, Oliver Gruner & Peter Krämer, eds. (Anthem Press, 2019)
  • "From Hair to Rent and Beyond: Has Rock Ever Been a Four-Letter Word on Broadway?," The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, revised 3rd ed., William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2017), p. 281-300; previously as "From Hair to Rent: is Rock a Four-Letter Word on Broadway?," (2nd ed. published 2008, p. 235-249; 1st ed. published 2002, p. 231-245)
  • "The Research Paper," The Music History Classroom, James A. Davis, ed. (Ashgate Publishing, 2012), p. 125-140.
  • "Strauss and the Business of Music", The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, Charles Youmans, ed., (Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. 242-246.
  • From Too Many Works to Wrist Exercises : The Abstract Instrumental Compositions of Richard Strauss, The Richard Strauss Companion, Mark-Daniel Schmid, ed. (Praeger Press, 2003), p. 191-231.
  • Selected Bibliography, The Richard Strauss Companion, Mark-Daniel Schmid, ed. (Praeger Press, 2003), p. 411-437.

Book Reviews

  • Review-Essay of: Oxford Music Online in "Digital Resource Review," Nineteenth-Century Music Review (pre-publication online Spring 2020, v. 7, no. 3 (2020): 511-517) 
  • Review of : The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2018), in Studies in Musical Theatre 13/3 (Dec 2019): 356-7.
  • Review of : Joseph Horowitz, "On My Way" : The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess (WW Norton & Co., 2013), in Music Library Association Notes 71/4 (June 2015): 697-699
  • Review-Essay of : Tim Carter, Oklahoma : The Making of an American Musical (Yale University Press, 2007); bruce d. mcclung, Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical (Oxford University Press, 2007); Jim Lovensheimer, South Pacific; Paradise Rewritten (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Paul R. Laird, Wicked: A Musical Biography (Scarecrow Press, 2011) in Journal of the Society of American Music 8/4 (November 2014): 587-596
  • Review of : Raymond Holden, Richard Strauss: A Musical Life (Yale University Press, 2011) in Music Library Association Notes 69/4 (March 2013): 541-544.
  • Review of : Elizabeth Wollman, The Theater Will Rock (University of Michigan Press, 2006), in Journal of the Society of American Music 6/2 (May 2012): 246-249.
  • Review of : Michael Charry, George Szell :A Life of Music (University of Illinois Press, 2011), in Music Library Association Notes 68/4 (June 2012): 792-795.
  • Review of : “…dass alles auch hätte anders kommen können.” Beiträge zur Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts. Hrsg. V. Susanne Schaal-Gotthardt, Luitgard Schader u. Heinz-Jürgen Winkler. Frankfurter Studien Veröffentlichungen des Hindemith-Institutes Frankfurt/Main Bd. XII (Mainz: Schott, 2009), in Kurt Weill Newsletter 28/1 (Spring 2010): 9-10
  • Review of : David Hurwitz, Sibelius : The Orchestral Works : An Owner’s Manual, Unlocking the Masters No. 12 (Amadeus Press, 2007), in Fontes Artis Musicae 57/1 (2010): 128-30
  • Review of : David Daniels, Orchestral Music : A Handbook, 4th ed. (Scarecrow Press 2005), in Fontes Artis Musicae 54/4 (2007): 611-12
  • Review of : Charles Youmans, Richard Strauss’s Orchestral Music and the German Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University, 2005), in Journal of Musicological Research 26 (2007): 75-78
  • Review of : Lawrence Kramer, Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss (University of California Press, 2004), in Music Library Association Notes 63 (2006): 116-18
  • Review of : [CD recording] Richard Strauss, Symphony No. 2 in F minor (CHAN 10236 X) (Chandos Classics, 2004), in Nineteenth-Century Music Review 3/1 (2006): 147-50
  • Review of : Kurt Weill, The Firebrand of Florence, The Kurt Weill Edition, Series I, Vol. 18 (Kurt Weill Foundation, 2002); and Kurt Weill, Sechs ausgewählte Stücke aus Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Vienna: Universal Edition, 1998), Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit (Vienna: Universal Edition, 1998), and Four Walt Whitman Songs (Valley Forge, PA: European American Music Corp, 1996), in Music Library Association Notes 62 (2005): 481-6. [Also see "Communications," Music Library Association Notes 62 (2006): 1076-1077.]
  • Review of : Christopher Morris, Reading Opera Between the Lines: Orchestral Interludes and Cultural Meaning from Wagner to Berg (Cambridge University Press, 2002), in Journal of Musicological Research 23 (2004): 117-120
  • Review of : Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky, Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere (Yale University Press, 2001), in Music Library Association Notes 58 (2001): 385-6.
  • Review of : Michael Kater, Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits (Oxford University Press, 1999), in Music Library Association Notes 57 (2000): 350-1.
  • Combined Review of : Michael Kennedy, Richard Strauss: Man, Musician, Enigma (Cambridge University Press, 1999); Matthew Boyden, Richard Strauss (Northeastern University Press, 1999); and Bryan Gilliam, The Life of Richard Strauss (Cambridge University Press, 1999), in Music Library Association Notes 56 (2000): 929-32.
  • Review of : D. Kern Holoman, ed., The Nineteen-Century Symphony (Schirmer Press, 1996), in Music Library Association Notes 54 (1998): 919-20
  • Review of : Gabriella Hanke Knaus, Aspekte der Schlußgestaltung in den sinfonischen Dichtungen und Bühnenwerke von Richard Strauss (Hans Schneider, 1995), in Music Library Association Notes 54 (1997): 89-90.
  • Review of : Franz Trenner, Richard Strauss Werkverzeichnis (W. Ludwig, 1993), in Fontes Artis Musicae 42 (1995): 382-4.
  • Combined Review of : Bryan Gilliam, ed., Richard Strauss: New Perspectives on the Composer and His Work (Duke University Press, 1992); and Bryan Gilliam, ed., Richard Strauss and His World (Princeton University Press, 1992), in Music Library Association Notes 50 (1994): 979-82.
  • Review of : Lorraine Gorrell, The Nineteenth-Century German Lied (Amadeus Press, 1993), in Fontes Artic Musicae 41 (1994): 394-6
  • Review of : David B. Greene, Listening to Strauss Operas: The Audience's Multiple Standpoints (Gordon & Breach, 1991), in Music Library Association Notes 49 (1993): 1020-1.
  • Review of Denis Wilde, The Development of Melody in the Tone Poems of Richard Strauss (Edwin Mellen Press, 1990), in Music Library Association Notes 47 (1990): 1135-7.
  • Review of : Franz Trenner, Richard Strauss Werkverzeichnis (Doblinger, 1985), in Music Library Association Notes 42 (1985): 292-3.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • “James Haar (1929-2018)” AMS Newsletter 59, nr. 1 (February 2019): 30
  • Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia, Melissa Goldsmith & Anthony Fonseca, eds.(ABC-Clio, Inc., 2019) [Encyclopedia entries on] "'50 Cent (Curtis Jackson)," "Combs, Sean (Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy)," "Ice Cube (O'Shea, Jackson)," "Jay-Z (Sean Carter)," "N.W.A," "Smith, Will," "The Chemical Brothers," "The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher George Latore Wallace)," "Tupac (Tupac Shakur, 2Pac)," and "Young, Andre (Doctor Dre)"
  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., Charles Hiroshi Garrett, ed. (Oxford Press, 2013)
    [Encyclopedia Entries for following topics] “Adams, Lee”, “Engel, Lehman”, “Englander, Ludwig”, “Casey, Warren”, “Gemigniani, Paul”, “Guettel, Adam”, “McGlinn, John”, “Offenbach, Jacques”, “Orlando, FL”, “Payne, John Howard”, “Rice, Edward Everett”, “Silverman, Stanley”, and “Walston, Ray”
  • Journalistic Criticism: Orlando Sentinel (2003-2010): over 150 published reviews and feature articles; and Raleigh (NC) News & Observer (1995-96): 15 published reviews and feature articles
  • Compact Disc Liner Notes
    - Donald L. Oehler, Clarinet Solo Recital [works by Reinecke, Reger, Burgmuller, Genzmer, Uhl] (Centaur CRC 2853)
    - The North Carolina Symphony [works by Strauss and Tchaikovsky, Gerhart Zimmermann, cond.]
    - The Music of Leslie Bassett (MMC 2090)
    - MMC New Century, Vol. XII [works by Lomon, Whipple, McKinley, Suber] (MMC 2072)
  • Program Annotations: The North Carolina Symphony, (Chief Program Annotator, responsible for 8-12 concerts annually, 1985-2004)
  • Program Annotations: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (2003-04)
  • Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism, Murray Steib, editor (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999), 1,000-word entries with bibliographies for  "Irving Berlin [Israel Balin]", "Edward Elgar", "Jerome Kern", and "William Grant Still"
  • Program Annotations: Broyhill Chamber Music Series, "An Appalachian Summer," Boone, NC (1991-98)

Awards

University of Central Florida

  • Scroll and Quill (2020)
  • Mid-Career Refresh Research Award (2020)

University of Manitoba

  • T. Glendenning Hamilton Research Grant (2017-18)

University of Central Florida

  • College Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (CAH, Spring 2014)
  • "TIP" Award for Teaching Excellence (Spring 2012)

National Endowment for the Arts/American Library Association/Tribecca Film Institute(co-recipient w/ Orange County Public Library)

  • "America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" (Spring 2013)

Activities

Scholarly Papers & Presentations, Professional Activities, etc. (2007-present)

College Music Society - Southern Chapter

  • Executive Board Member for Musicology (2020 - 2022)

"Hints of a New Direction? : Rock 'n Roll's Emergence in Broadway's Golden Era"

  • Reframing the Golden Age Musical : Methods, Sources, Performance (12-14 May 2021, The Great American Songbook Foundation, Carmel, IN) 

"From Chicago to Broadway: The Origins of Grease"

  • National Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (21 November 2021, Chicago)
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music - US Chapter Meeting
    (21-23 May 2020, University of Michigan - POSTPONED to 2021 due to Covid-19)
  • Song, Screen and Stage XV
    (18-20 June 2020, Case Western Reserve University - CANCELLED due to Covid-19)
  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (14-15 February 2020, Florida State University)

"From Classical to Modern: Richard Strauss and the Orchestra at the End of the Nineteenth Century"

  • Sixth Biennial North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music
    (10-12 July 2019, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

"Credit Where Credit Is Due: The Book of Bye Bye Birdie"

  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the College Music Society
    (28 February-2 March 2019, University of Central Florida)
  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (22-23 February 2019, University of North Florida)
  • Reading Musicals: Sources, Editions Performances
    (9-11 May 2018, The Great American Songbook Foundation, Carmel, IN)

"Reclaiming a Lost Musical: The Case of A Joyful Noise"

  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (17-18 February 2017, University of Southern Mississippi)
  • Song, Stage and Screen XI
    (27-30 June 2016, City College, CUNY, NYC)
  • "Putting It Together" : Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research
    (10-12 May 2016, Sheffield University [UK]) 

"Off-Broadway and the 'Rock Musical'"

  • National Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (12-15 November 2015, Louisville)
  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (27-28 February 2015, Loyola University, New Orleans)
  • First Friday Lectures, Musicology Department
    (28 February 2014, University of Missouri-Kansas City)

"'Be Skeptical of Everything' : Teaching the Wikipedia"

  •  Teaching Music History Conference
    (13-14 June 2014, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL)

"Music by the Numbers"

  • Orlando Science Center
    (8 June 2013, Orlando, FL)

America's Music : A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway
(Tribeca Film Institute/American Library Association/NEH)

  • Orange County Public Library
    (2, 4, 11, 18, 25 March and 1 April 2013, Orlando, FL)

"'...when all the stupidities and irrelevances of a thousand critics have hardened, it is of no use at all...' : Hofmannsthal and Ariadne's Critics"
(Ars Lyrica Session: "Ariadne at her Centenary")

  • National Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (1-4 November 2012, New Orleans)

Pisk Prize Committee (American Musicological Society)

  • National Meetings (Pittsburgh, 2013; New Orleans, 2012; San Francisco, 2011)

"Inventing the 'Rock Musical': Hair's' Predecessor and Companion Shows"

  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (10-11 February 2012, University of Alabama)
  • Song, Stage and Screen VI: American Musical Theatre Conference
    (20-23 June 2011, University of Missouri at Kansas City)

"'Playin House' : Broadway's 'First' Rock n Roll Song"

  • National Meeting of the College Music Society
    (20-23 October 2011, Richmond, VA)
  • "Classic Broadway" : Susan B. Porter Memorial Symposium
    (2-4 October 2010, University of Colorado)
  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (5-6 February 2010, University of Florida)

"The Sonata Goes Moonlighting: Alternative Sources of Income for Musicologists"
(AMS Committee on Career-Related Issues Session)

  • National Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (12-15 November 2009, Philadelphia)

"Like Father, Like Son, or Something More : Franz Strauss's Copies of his Sons Manuscripts"

  • (1st) North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music
    (16-19 July 2009, University of Kansas)
  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the College Music Society
    (27-28 February 2009, University of Central Florida)
  • Southern Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society
    (29 February-1 March 2008, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL)
  • Strauss Among the Scholars: An International Forum
    (29 June-1 July 2007, Oxford University)

"Bye Bye Birdie : Rock 'n' Roll Comes to Broadway"

  • Music in Gotham / Song, Stage and Screen III: American Musical Theatre Conference
    (2-5 April 2008, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY)

"Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection'"

  • Winter Park Bach Festival Choral Masterwork Series
    (12 April 2008, Rollins College)

"Richard Strauss's Music for Winds"

  • National Meeting of the College Band Directors National Association
    (28-31 March 2007, University of Michigan)

Courses

No courses found for Fall 2023.

No courses found for Summer 2023.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10832 MUH3633 Music in the United States Face to Face (P) M,W,F 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Available
MUH 3633 CAH-MUSIC 3(3,0)
Music in the United States: PR: MUL 2720 and MUT 1122 with grade of "C" (2.0) or better Music of the United States of America from pre-Revolutionary times to present. Includes vernacular, jazz, popular, and art music traditions indigenous to the USA. Fall, Spring.
19434 MUL2010 Enjoyment of Music Face to Face (P) M,W,F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
MUL 2010 CAH-MUSIC  3(2,1)
Enjoyment of Music: PR: Non-music majors only. Designed to develop an understanding of musical principles and techniques for listening to music. Fall, Spring.
10831 MUL2010H Hon Enjoyment of Music Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available
MUL 2010H CAH-MUSIC 3(3,0)
Honors Enjoyment of Music: PR: Consent of Honors College. Designed to develop an understanding of musical principles and techniques for listening to music, with Honors content. Fall,Spring.

Updated: Jan 17, 2023