School of Music
Northern Illinois University
Brian Hart’s research has concentrated on French symphonic music in the late 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of "The French Symphony after Berlioz: From the Second Empire to the First World War," a 200-page study in Vol. 3B of A. Peter Brown’s series The Symphonic Repertoire. He is the editor of Volume 5 of this series, The Symphony in the Americas, a comprehensive history of the symphony in the United States and Latin America, which is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. Professor Hart has also written and spoken on Vincent d’Indy’s influence on French symphonic development, Debussy and the symphony, and competing cultural and political interpretations of the symphony in fin de siècle France. In addition to Chausson, he has created entries on César Franck, Arthur Honegger, Vincent d’Indy, and Albert Roussel for Oxford Bibliographies Online. He was the program annotator for the 2001 Bard Music Festival, Debussy and His World, held at Bard College and Lincoln Center. Currently Professor Hart serves as Professor of Music History at Northern Illinois University.