Stephen E. Hefling received the A. B. in music from Harvard and the Ph. D. from Yale, with a dissertation examining Mahler’s “Todtenfeier” movement from the dual perspectives of programmatic influence and compositional process as documented in Mahler’s surviving sketches and drafts. Currently Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University, he has also taught at Stanford and Yale Universities as well as Oberlin College Conservatory.
Prof. Hefling has written numerous articles and book chapters for 19th Century Music, Journal of Musicology, Journal of Music Theory, Performance Practice Review, the revised New Grove Dictionary, The Nineteenth-Century Symphony (New York, 1997), A Mahler Companion (Oxford, forthcoming), etc. He rediscovered Mahler’s manuscript version of Das Lied von der Erde for voices and piano, and edited that work for the Kritische Gesamtausgabe (Vienna, 1989); he is also the author of a volume on Das Lied for the Cambridge Music Handbooks series, (Cambridge, 2000).
In recent years he has both edited and contributed to the volumes Mahler Studies (Cambridge, 1997) and Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music (New York, 1998). For his work on Mahler, Prof. Hefling has been awarded grants from The Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a Morse Junior Faculty Fellowship at Yale University; he has been a speaker at international conferences on the composer in Vienna, Paris, Hamburg, Rotterdam, New York, London, and Montpellier.
Also a specialist in baroque performance practice, Prof. Hefling has performed widely with early music ensembles in the northeastern US, and has served as director of the Yale Collegium Musicum and the Cleveland Baroque Soloists; his book Rhythmic Alteration in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music (New York, 1994) is widely regarded as the standard reference on that topic.
Haydn Hall 312
Music History, Literature, Mahler