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Maja Trochimczyk

Maja Trochimczyk

Maja Trochimczyk

*30 XII 1957

Maja Trochimczyk (in 1987-2000 "Maria Anna Harley") studied musicology at the University of Warsaw, Poland (M.A. 1986) and sound engineering at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (M.A. 1987). After emigrating to Canada in 1988 she earned her Ph.D. in musicology from McGill University in Montreal in 1994. For the years 1994-1996 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This fellowship supported two research projects on contemporary Polish music; after their completion Dr. Trochimczyk joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music (August 1996).Dr. Trochimczyk's research interests include the history and aesthetics of 20th-century music, Polish composers (Bacewicz, Lutosławski), women composers, philosophy of music, and music ecology.

She published two books, on The Music of Louis Andriessen (New York: Routledge, 2002) and After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music (Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, 2000). Her publications (as Harley) have appeared in Contemporary Music Review, Polish Musicological Quarterly-Muzyka, Studia Musicologica, American Music and other journals. She has also contributed to books or series including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II (Macmillan), Women Composers: Music Through the Ages (G.K. Hall), and Lutoslawski Studies (Oxford University Press).

At the Polish Music Center, Dr. Trochimczyk's duties in clude serving as the editor-in-chief of the Polish Music History Series and of the online Polish Music Journal which she created in 1998. Dr. Trochimczyk is currently preparing for publication the seventh and eighth volume in the book series, now distributed by Pendragon Press: The Songs of Szymanowski and His Contemporaries, edited by Zofia Helman, Teresa Chylinska, and Alistair Wightman, and Jozef Koffler by Maciej Golab. The Journal's third volume (2000) was dedicated to Chopin and Polish research about this composer; the fourth volume (2001) focused on Paderewski and Polish émigré composers, with substantial amounts of source material appearing in English for the first time.

Dr. Trochimczyk's current appointment is as research assistant professor, with duties of conducting research on Polish music and directing the Polish Music Center. In 1996-2001, as an assistant professor of music history and literature at the USC Thornton School of Music Dr. Trochimczyk taught different graduate and undergraduate courses, including: undergraduate music history survey, MUHL 280 B, Music from 1750 to the Present, graduate seminar in musicology, MUHL 688, Polish Identity in Music, special studies in 20th century music MUHL 588: Three East-European Composers (Bartók, Bacewicz, Lutos³awski). In the Fall of 1999, she offered for the first time a new course, MUHL 428: Women in Music. In 2000 she taught Introduction to Graduate Study, MUHL 570 and graduate music history survey, 20th Century Music, MUHL 578.

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST  Polish Composers: 20th-Century Composers:  Grażyna Bacewicz Fryderyk Chopin Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Witold Lutosławski Ignacy Jan Paderewski Marta Ptaszyńska

Louis Andriessen Béla Bartók Henry Brant R. Murray Schafer Iannis Xenakis 

Issues in 19th and 20th-Century Music:Cultural studies: Ethnicity and identity Polish and Polish-American music Music aesthetics and semiotics Spatial music and spatialization Women composers, especially in Poland Nature, ecology, birdsong in music


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