Oklahoma City University News
Heine to Kick off UCLA Conference on Music and Humor
Dr. Erik Heine, associate professor of music theory, is presenting his research June 5 at the Fourth Annual ECHO Conference at University of California at Los Angeles.
A panel discussion featuring Heine’s paper --“Parody and Self-Parody: Elmer Bernstein’s Music for ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘¡Three Amigos!’ -- kicks off the two-day conference exploring music and humor. All events will be held in UCLA’s Kerckhoff Hall Grand Salon.
“My paper investigates the ways in which Bernstein's music is either intentionally humorous or intentionally straight in the ‘Amigos’ when compared with ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ a film that codified the music in the Western film genre,” Heine said.
Earlier this year, Heine authored the cover article in the current edition of “Literature/Film Quarterly.
His 14-page article, entitled "Controlling and Controlled: Ophelia and the Ghost as Defined by Music in Grigori Kozintsev's ‘Hamlet’” was praised by the journal’s editor as a “fascinating, close analysis.”
The article was based on research Heine presented in England last year as part of the Fourth Annual Music & Film Conference, in conjunction with the 14th Annual Bradford International Film Festival.
Heine, a scholar of cinematic scores, joined the OCU faculty in 2005. ??His dissertation, The Music of Dmitri Shostakovich in “The Gadfly,” “Hamlet,” and “King Lear,” analyzes the cues composed for the three films, both independently and as they contribute to each film's narrative structure.
He has presented papers at international conferences concerning film music, including multiple international conferences during the centenary celebration of Shostakovich’s birth in 2006, as well as papers concerning music theory and aural skills pedagogy.
He also has been published in the “DSCH Journal” and the journal “Music and Letters.” His current research concerns music from the films Signs and Solaris, the tintinnabuli works of Arvo Pärt, and the music of Edgard Varèse.
Heine earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. in music theory from the University of Arizona, and a B.M. in percussion performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. His teachers have included Jim Buhler, Tim Kolosick, David Neumeyer, and Ed Pearsall.