EDWARD GREEN, Ph.D, studied in classes with Eli Siegel and, with his colleagues Barbara Allen and Anne Fielding, teaches the course “The Opposites in Music” at the Foundation.
A Fulbright Senior Specialist with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and a professor at Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Green is also a prize-winning composer, whose music has been performed by orchestras across the United States as well as overseas. His Piano Concertino was a Grammy-nominee in 2010, and he was just named “Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence” for the 2012-2013 season at Kean University Conservatory of Music. Dr. Green is Staff Composer at Imagery Films where he has collaborated with the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman on several films, including “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana“—a film based on Eli Siegel’s Nation prize-winning poem. Edward Green has also composed incidental music for several productions of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company.
In 2008, he received his Ph.D. from New York University with a dissertation based on the methodology of Aesthetic Realism and dealing with the late vocal music of Haydn and Mozart. Dr. Green has been a guest lecturer at several universities, and has delivered papers at various national and international scholarly conventions, including the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, and the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. His academic essays have appeared in such journals as Onagakugaku—the journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, Jazz Perspectives, and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. He was guest editor, in 2011, of Popular Music History (Vol. 5, #1), an issue honoring the centenary of film composer Bernard Herrmann. He is editor of, and contributor to, China and the West: the Birth of a New Music (Shanghai Conservatory Press) as well as the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington. Dr. Green is currently at work on a book on the music of the Beatles.
A contributor to Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism (Orange Angle Press: 2004), articles by Edward Green dealing with the ethics of current social issues have appeared in such journals as Black College Magazine, The African Observer, and Christian Social Action. In 2011, Expositions, an on-line journal of Villanova University, published “The Mind of Adolf Hitler: A Study in the Unconscious Appeal of Contempt”—an essay based on a paper first delivered by Dr. Green at a seminar at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.
Edward Green has given many presentations directly on the value of Aesthetic Realism as a scholarly method. Among these were “Aesthetic Realism: A New Foundation for Interdisciplinary Musicology”—a 2004 presentation at the University of Graz, Austria, co-authored with anthropologist Arnold Perey; a 2005 essay in the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (Vol. 36/2) titled “Donald Francis Tovey, Aesthetic Realism, and the Need for a Philosophic Musicology;” and a chapter in Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) entitled “Music of Every Culture Has Something in Common and Can Teach Us about Ourselves: Using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method”—co-authored with Alan Shapiro. This book was published in partnership with the National Association for Music Education.
Since the mid-1980’s, Edward Green has actively participated in seminars at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation; among his talks have been papers on the lives and music of Johannes Brahms, Franz Joseph Haydn, Glenn Gould, Irving Berlin, John Lennon, Hector Berlioz, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Herbert von Karajan and Franz Liszt. Several of these papers are posted on his website: http://www.edgreenmusic.org He has also co-authored several papers with Barbara Allen on the masterpieces of the flute literature. These explore the relation of art and life and what technically makes for the beauty of these compositions—with each paper culminating in a live performance by Ms. Allen on flute and Dr. Green on piano.
Edward Green continues his study of Aesthetic Realism in classes taught by Ellen Reiss. He is married to Carrie Wilson, singer, actress, and Aesthetic Realism Consultant, and they make their home in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.