Derek R. Strykowski

Derek R. Strykowski.

Clinical Assistant Professor

310 Baird Hall
(716) 645-0631


PhD, Brandeis University


Historical Musicology


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, the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, and Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.

Selected Publications

“The Negotiation of Nineteenth-Century Style: A Case Study in Composer–Publisher Relations.” International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, vol. 49, no. 2 (January 2019) [backdated to 2018]: pp. 217–242

“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): pp. 574–602.

“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.