Steven Baur

Associate Professor, Musicology; Gender and Women's Studies - Cross Appointment

Steven Baur_2015

Phone: 902.494.6502
Fax: 902.494.2805
Mailing Address: 
Room 509, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Musicology
  • Nineteenth-century music
  • American music
  • Music and culture
  • Popular music
  • Russian music


  • BA (Loyola Marymount)
  • MA (UCLA)
  • PhD (UCLA)

Research & creative activity

Professor Baur’s primary areas of research include nineteenth-century music, American music, Russian music, cultural studies in music, and popular music studies, and he has published articles, book chapters, and reviews on these and other topics. Current research projects include a book-length study investigating the role of music in defining notions of class, gender, and race in nineteenth-century America and an article tracing the cultural history of the backbeat. Dr. Baur is also an accomplished drummer with numerous live performances and recordings to his credit.  He performs in Halifax with The Sorrys, who recently released their third album.


Selected publications

  • “Class,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • “‘Waltz Me Around Again Willie’: Gender, Ideology, and Dance in the Gilded Age” in Steven Baur, Raymond Knapp, and Jacqueline Warwick, eds., Musicological Identities: Essays in Honor of Susan McClary (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008): 47-61.
  • “‘You Say You Want a Revolution’: The Beatles and Marxism” in Michael Baur and Steven Baur, eds., The Beatles and Philosophy (Chicago: Open Court Press, 2006): 87-105.
  • “Ringo ’Round Revolver: Rhythm, Timbre, and Tempo in Rock Drumming” in Every Sound There Is: Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll, ed. Russell Reising (London: Ashgate Press, 2002): 171-83.
  • “Music, Morals, and Social Management: Mendelssohn in Post-Civil War America” American Music 19, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 64-130.
  • “Ravel’s ‘Russian’ Period: Octatonicism in His Early Works, 1893-1908” Journal of the American Musicological Society 52, no. 3 (Fall 1999): 531-92.