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Gary Tucker is a graduate of Mount Allison’s Music program and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Western Ontario. He returned to Mount Allison to join the music faculty in 1994. Dr. Tucker’s research specialty lies in early twentieth-century music, in particular the music of the Second Viennese School. He is the author of Tonality and Atonality in Alban Berg's Four Songs, op. 2 (2001). Currently he is researching developments in Viennese art song (the Lied) focusing mainly on the early songs of Arnold Schoenberg. He has also appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist.
Dr. Tucker teaches courses in music theory and analysis and in music history. He served as Director of Mount Allison’s Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre in 2002–2003. From 1999 to 2003 he was the University’s representative to the Association of Atlantic Universities Faculty Development Committee (for which he was awarded the Committee’s Distinguished Service Award). From 2003 to 2008 he was Head of the Music Department and Director of Mount Allison Local Centre Examinations in Music. During the Winter Term 2014 he was again seconded part-time to the Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre.
Ph.D. (Systematic musicology), University of Western Ontario, 1995
M.A. (Musicology), University of Western Ontario, 1982
B.Mus. (cum laude) Mount Allison University, 1977
Tonality and Atonality in Alban Berg's Four Songs, op. 2 (Edwin Mellon, 2001)
"'Uninteressant […] auf keinen Fall – aber schön…': Schönberg's op. 1." Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center, 12 (2015): 25–44.
Some recent Lecture-Recitals:
“Songs for Semiramis: Arnold Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens,” lecture-recital with Dr. Helen Pridmore, Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University, 6 November 2012.
“The Apprenticeship of Alban Berg,” annotated recital with Colleen Skull, soprano; Colleen Renihan, mezzo-soprano, and James Kalyn, clarinet. Works included Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Piano Sonata op. 1, Four Songs op. 2, Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano op. 5, 1907 and 1925 settings of “Schließe mir die Augen beide”. Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University, 6 February 2015.
The music and culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna
The songs of the Second Viennese School