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Heine Presents Analysis at West Coast Conference
Dr. Erik Heine, associate professor of music theory at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, delivered a new analysis of the composer Arvo Pärt at the 2010 West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis at the University of Oregon. Heine’s work, "Not in the Style of Tinkling Bells: An Analysis of Arvo Pärt's 'Arbos," examined Pärt's 1977 composition for brass and percussion. “I show how the mensuration canon is realized throughout the work, as well as offering an explanation of the title, and how it applies to the piece. Additionally, the paper also provides a comparison of ‘Arbos’ to the other 14 pieces composed from 1976-1978 and shows how ‘Arbos’ is substantially different from other compositions in this time period,” Heine said of the March presentation. Details on the conference are at www.wccmta.org . In December, Heine presented new research to the Oklahoma City University community on composer Elmer Bernstein's approach to two Western classics. His hour-long presentation entitled “Music in The Magnificent Seven and ¡Three Amigos – was held in Wimberly Recital Hall. Heine presented his initial findings in 2009 at the annual ECHO Conference at University of California at Los Angeles. A panel discussion featuring his research kicked off the two-day conference exploring music and humor. Also in 2009, Heine authored the cover article in Literature/Film Quarterly. His 14-page analysis, entitled "Controlling and Controlled: Ophelia and the Ghost as Defined by Music in Grigori Kozintsev's "Hamlet" was praised by the journal's editor as "fascinating." The article was based on research Heine presented in England last year as part of the 4th Annual Music & Film Conference, in conjunction with the 14th Annual Bradford International Film Festival. Heine, a scholar of cinematic scores, joined the OCU faculty in 2005. His dissertation -- The Music of Dmitri Shostakovich in The Gadfly, Hamlet, and King Lear -- analyzes the cues composed for the three films, both independently and as they contribute to each film's narrative structure. He has presented papers at international conferences concerning film music, including multiple international conferences during the centenary celebration of Shostakovich's birth in 2006, as well as papers concerning music theory and aural skills pedagogy. Heine earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. in music theory from the University of Arizona, and a B.M. in percussion performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. Key teachers have included Jim Buhler, Tim Kolosick, David Neumeyer, and Ed Pearsall.