Carol A. Hess
Distinguished Professor of Music
Carol A. Hess has published books and articles on the music of Spain and the Americas. Her work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the New York Public Library, among other entities. She received the Society for American Music’s Irving Lowens Article Award, and her book Manuel de Falla and Modernism in Spain, 1898–1936 (University of Chicago Press, 2001) won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the American Musicological Society’s Robert M. Stevenson Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Iberian Music, in addition to other prizes.
In 2004, she published Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla (Oxford University Press). Her book Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013) explores the reception of Latin American concert music in the United States and also received the American Musicological Society’s Robert M. Stevenson Prize. Her textbook, Experiencing Latin American Music, was published by the University of California Press in 2018 and received the American Musicological Society’s Teaching Award. The recipient of a UC Davis Committee on Research Grant, she recently published another book, Aaron Copland in Latin America: Music and Cultural Politics (Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2023), which received the Open Book Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her next book, on Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo, will be published by Oxford University Press. Twice a Fulbright Lecturer, she has taught in Spain and Argentina.