Seth Brodsky

Assistant Professor
Department of Music and the College

Seth Brodsky’s work is guided by the tension between history as documentary practice, history as imagination, and imagination as forgetting; between event, memory, and the new, “that which happened” and its subjective transcription, distortion, and effacement.

He is currently working on a book, “Fail Better: Utopian Strains in European Music, 1961–2001,” which explores four of postwar Europe’s most influential composers (Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann, and Wolfgang Rihm) within the context of Theodor Adorno’s writing on utopian negativity.

Brodsky was awarded the Alfred Mann Dissertation Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung German Chancellor Scholarship, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Language Study Grant, and Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Stipends.

He earned a PhD and MA from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) and a BA from Wake Forest University.

Brodsky joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.

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