Oklahoma City University News
Three Amigos Inspire Music Theory Professor's Lecture
Dr. Erik Heine, associate professor of music theory, will use film clips and musical excerpts to present new research on composer Elmer Bernstein's approach to two Western classics. Heine's hour-long presentation -- Music in The Magnificent Seven and ¡Three Amigos -- will begin 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Wimberly Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
"We'll look at how Bernstein used and reused his music for comedic effect," Heine said. "It's a project that I've wanted to do for some time," Heine said. I remember seeing ¡Three Amigos! in the theater and laughing at the salute, the Singing Bush, the Invisible Swordsman, and all of the slapstick gags. It was only after I started studying the music in The Magnificent Seven that I realized how similar the two scores were. I'm pleased that the opportunity finally arose so that I could work on this project."
Heine presented his initial findings earlier this year at the annual ECHO Conference at University of California at Los Angeles. A panel discussion featuring his research kicked off the two-day conference exploring music and humor.
Also in 2009, Heine authored the cover article in Literature/Film Quarterly. His 14-page analysis, 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."
The article was based on research Heine presented in England last year as part of the 4th 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.
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.