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 mara parker, phd,  professor, fine arts

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Mara E. Parker PhD

Associate Dean of Humanities

  • PhD Historical Musicology 1995

    Indiana University--Bloomington (IN)

  • MA Music History 1983

    San Francisco State University (CA)

  • BM cello performance 1979

    San Francisco Conservatory of Music (CA)

  • MUS 388 Music, War, and the Art of Persuasion

  • MUS 390 The American Musical

  • ARTS 401 Research Methods

My research interests include 18th-century chamber music, particularly the string quartet and cello literature and technique. My most recent publications have focused on the life and works of the Italian cellist and composer, Carlo Graziani, and include both a critical edition of his Opp. 1 and 2, an assessment of his sonatas within the 18th-century cello literature, and an examination of Graziani as representative of an 18th-century musician.

I have also published articles on Boccherini's chamber compositions for Friedrich Wilhelm II, Giovanni Viotti's string quartets, a reference work on the string quartet, and a monograph on the string quartet of the second part of the 18th century.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Sabbatical, 2013, 2003

  • Academic Service-Learning Faculty Development Award, 2007

  • Walter and Freda Kaufmann Award in Musicology, 1995

Selected Publications

  • Parker, Mara. "Music for Public and Private Use: The Cello-Basso Sonatas of Carlo Graziani." Notes 68.3 (2012): 535–555. Web.

  • Parker, Mara, ed. Twelve Sonatas for Violoncello and Basso Opp. 1 and 2. Volume 83. Middleton: A-R Editions, Inc., 2011. Print.

  • Parker, Mara. "Music Fit For a King: Boccherini's Quartets for Friedrich Wilhelm II." Society for 18th-Century Music 6th Biennial Conference. March 2014. Presentation.

American Musicological Society (AMS), College Music Society (CMS), Society for 18th-Century Music (SECM)