Michael Palmese earned his PhD in musicology at Louisiana State University with a minor in comparative literature. His primary research interests encompass music and art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly minimalism and postminimalism. In addition, Michael is interested in Samuel Beckett, politics and music, modernism, Arnold Schoenberg, and aesthetics of the Viennese fin de siècle.


Ph.D. in Musicology, Louisiana State University, 2019.
Minor: Comparative Literature

M.M. in Musicology, University of Miami, 2014.

B.M. in Composition, summa cum laude, Georgia Southern University, 2012.


“A Portrait of John Adams as a Young Man: The 1970s Juvenilia.” American Music 37, no. 2 (Summer 2019): forthcoming.

“Beckett’s Theater of Punishment: Act Without Words I as Panopticon.” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 29, no. 2 (2017): 417-27 .

Book Chapters
“Politics and Protest.” In Arvo Pärt’s White Light: Media, Culture, Politics, edited by Laura Dolp (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 154-78.

“John McGrath, Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music.” Irish Studies Review (forthcoming).

“Douglass Merrell, Umberto Eco, The Da Vinci Code, and the Intellectual in the Age of Popular Culture.” The Journal of Popular Culture (forthcoming).

“Marino Formenti (pf), Liszt Inspections, Kairos 13292, 2015.” Nineteenth Century Music Review 15, no. 1 (April 2018): 135-37.

“Richard Strauss, Elektra. Patrice Chéreau (dir.), Esa-Pekka Salonen (cond.), Orchestre de Paris.” Nineteenth Century Music Review 14, no. 1 (August 2017): 279-81.

“Catherine Laws, Headaches Among the Overtones: Music in Beckett/Beckett in Music.” The Harold Pinter Review: Essays on Contemporary Drama 1, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 146-48.

“Sara Jane Bailes and Nicholas Till (eds.), Beckett and Musicality.” Journal of Beckett Studies 26, no. 1 (April 2017): 134-38.

“Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration.” American Music 31, no. 3 (Fall 2013): 375-77.

“Miami, New World Center: John Adams’s Absolute Jest.” Tempo 67, no. 264 (April 2013): 74.

“Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall: John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary.” Tempo 66, no. 262 (October 2012): 49-50.

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