Derek R. Strykowski


Derek R Strykowski.

Derek R. Strykowski


Derek R. Strykowski



Historical Musicology

Contact Information

310 Baird Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0631


PhD, Brandeis University


Derek R. Strykowski is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Music. He holds a PhD in historical musicology from Brandeis University. In addition to offering instruction in the undergraduate music history sequence, Strykowski also introduces non-majors to the department through “Understanding Music” and “Music and Money,” both Pathways courses within the new UB Curriculum.

As a scholar, Strykowski works to explain the history of composition from social-scientific perspectives in order to advance our theoretical knowledge of the relationship between compositional circumstance and the development of musical style. He also maintains a second program of research involving the formal empirical analysis of sixteenth-century polyphony—a methodology that frequently falls under the heading of the digital humanities. His research appears in the Journal of Musicological Research, the Empirical Musicology Review, and Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.

Selected Publications

“The Business of Composition: Measuring Economic Relationships at Breitkopf & Härtel, 1798–1838.” Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, vol. 74, no. 4 (June 2018): forthcoming.

“Text Painting, or Coincidence? Treatment of Height-Related Imagery in the Madrigals of Luca Marenzio.” Empirical Musicology Review, vol. 11, no. 2 (January 2017) [backdated to 2016]: pp. 109–119.

“The Diegetic Music of Berg’s Lulu: When Opera and Serialism Collide.” Journal of Musicological Research, vol. 35, no. 1 (January 2016): pp. 1–22.