Jack Boss, School of Music and Dance

Jack Boss

Professor, Music Theory and Composition
Practice Areas: Music Theory and Analysis, Composition

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Jack Boss is an academic expert in music composition, theory and analysis. Jack is interested in the ways listeners can make sense of music that is difficult and dissonant. His research focuses on the coherence of music in the 20th century and how to understand dissonant music as an outgrowth of older musical traditions. Jack can speak about the relevancy of classical music and on finding an audience for 20th century classical music. His book "Schoenberg's Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea," won the 2015 Wallace Berry Award, the top national book award for music theory and analysis.

Recent Media:
Eugene Music professor wins prestigious book award (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 17, 2015)
Music professor Jack Boss wins Wallace Berry Award (Around the O, Nov. 17, 2015)
Review of Jack Boss, Schoenberg’s Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea (Music Theory Online, December 2015)