Walter M. Frisch

Walter M. Frisch

Walter Frisch is H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert von Tilzer Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York, where he has taught since 1982.  He has also been a guest professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany, Yale University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.  He has lectured on music throughout the United States, and in England, France, Spain, Germany, and China.  His writings have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Professor Frisch is a specialist in the music of composers from the Austro-German sphere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from Schubert to Schoenberg.  He has written numerous articles and two books on Brahms, including Brahms and the Principle of Developing Variation (1984) and Brahms: the Four Symphonies (1996, 2003).  He served as editor of the volume Brahms and His World (1990, 2009) and was the founding president of the American Brahms Society in 1983.  He is the co-author, with George S. Bozarth, of the Brahms article in the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000).