Solomon Guhl-Miller

Solomon Guhl-Miller received his PhD in Musicology from Rutgers University in January 2012.  His dissertation is titled: “The Path of Wagner’s Wotan: German Idealism, Wagner’s Prose Writings, and the Idea of Moral Progress.”  He received his bachelors and masters degrees in music performance and pedagogy, specializing in double-bass, from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and 2003. He has taught multiple sections of the online Introduction to Music course (673:101) at Rutgers as well as  various live courses, including: Introduction to Music (700:101), Introduction to Music History (700:102), Introduction to Music Theory (700:103), and Wagner’s Ring Cycle (700:295); and has guest-lectured in graduate and undergraduate courses on topics including Notre Dame Organum, the operas of Heinrich Marschner, and Richard Wagner’s use of philosophy and mythology in his works. He participated in the International Conference on Gothic Music November 4-6, 2011, “Gothic Revolutions,” reading his paper “Three Hypothetical Phases of Notre Dame Organum Performance Practice in the 13th Century,” which will be published in a forthcoming edition of Musica Disciplina. In October 2008 he led an ensemble comprised of members of Rutgers’s Collegium Musicum vocal group in a performance of three separate transcriptions of Omnes de Saba, an example of two-voiced early Notre Dame organum, each transcription representing an hypothetical phase of late-12th-/early-13th-century organum performance practice, which he accompanied with a lecture on his construction of these transcriptions. He has several works that are being finalized for publication, including: “Koch’s ‘Greek Chorus’ and the Concerto: A Re-Evaluation of Koch’s Metaphor using Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 491”, “Xenakis as writer of Program Music?: A Possible Philosophical Program to Jonchaise,”  “Nancarrow’s Synthesis of Rhythm and Harmony in his Sonata for Player Piano No. 15”, “The Elephant in the Room: An Examination of Appoggiatura Cadences in Organum up to the Late-13th Century,” as well as a book version of his dissertation.

  • Expertise

    Music History