Erinn E. Knyt, music history, has a new book “Ferruccio Busoni and His Legacy,” which is part critical biography and part interpretive analysis of the renowned composer, conductor and teacher.
The book was published earlier this month by the University of Indiana Press.
Many of Busoni’s students had illustrious careers of their own, yet the extent to which their mentor’s influence helped shape their success has been largely unexplored. Knyt’s work invites a reconsideration of Busoni’s legacy and puts forth the notion of a “Busoni School” as one that shaped the trajectory of 20th-century music.
Using archival correspondence, essays, and scores, Knyt discusses Busoni’s idiosyncratic pedagogy—focused on aesthetic ideals rather than methodologies or techniques—and how this teaching style and philosophy can be found in the works of Sibelius, Varèse, Louis Gruenberg, Otto Luening and Philip Jarnach.
Knyt specializes in 19th- and 20th-century music, aesthetics and performance studies and had written extensively about Busoni earlier. She has published articles in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, the Journal of Musicological Research, American Music, the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Twentieth Century Music.