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About David Kasunic

David Kasunic has been an Assistant Professor of Music History at Occidental College since 2008, having first taught at Haverford College, upon receiving his doctorate from Princeton in 2004. His dissertation is on Fryderyk Chopin’s compositional and commercial relationship to vocal music, played against the background of the aesthetic, scientific, literary, and philosophical reception of singing in 1830s and ‘40s Paris. He has published several related articles, and more recently has written on the legacy and reception of Chopin's keyboard technique, specifically as they relate to both 19th-century ballet and the theoretical work and editorial practice of Heinrich Schenker, who studied piano with Chopin’s pupil, Karol Mikuli. His other primary research interests are opera, the history of aesthetics, and Mahler. His current projects include an article, on Mahler’s compositional relationship to opera, and two book projects, one on the history of the relationship of music and food, and the other on Chopin, for which he received a 2011 research fellowship from the University of California Humanities Research Institute.


Present Assistant Professor, Music, Occidental College


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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowship


  • CSP 20: What Does it Mean to Sing?
  • MUSC 115: Topics in Opera
  • MUSC 261: Western Music and Culture: 1600-1789
  • MUSC 374: Junior Recital Preparation
  • MUSC 474: Senior Comprehensives Preparation

Contact Information

Office: Booth 215
Phone: (323) - 2959


Articles (3)

Book Chapters (8)

Reviews (1)

Thesis (1)