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Klára Móricz specializes in the music of Béla Bartók, twentieth-century Jewish composers, Russian music (specifically the music of Arthur Lourié, and Russian music in interwar Paris). She has published a book on Jewish identities in music, Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music (University of California Press, 2008) and with Simon Morrison co-edited a volume of essays on Arthur Lourié, Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Lourié (Oxford, 2013). She is also co-editor of 2 anthologies accompanying Richard Taruskin and Christopher Gibbs, The Oxford History of Western Music (Oxford, 2012). Since 2009 she is co-editor of Journal of Musicology. She has served on the board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (2004-2010), on the academic advisory board of Jewish Music Forum (2009-2011), the advisory board of Studia Musicologica 2006-present), and was awarded with the ACLS /Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (2003); Mabelle McLeod Lewis Dissertation Fellowship (1998); and was honorary recipient of the AMS 50 Award (1998); and AAUW Dissertation Fellowship (1998). She has reviewed books for Oxford University Press, University of California Press, and the American Musicological Society. Since coming to Amherst in 1999, she has taught survey courses on music history, theory courses, seminars of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music and Russian music.



The End of Russia: Essays on Arthur Vincent Lourié. Edited byKlára Móricz and Simon Morrison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Art Music. California Studies in 20th-Century Music. Series editor Richard Taruskin. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008.

Oxford Anthology of Western Music. Vol. 2, The Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Late Nineteenth Century, and Vol. 3, Twentieth Century. Edited by Klára Móricz and David E. Schneider. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.


“The Passion of Marfa: History, Drama, and Mythology in Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina.” In New Studies in Modern Russian Literature and Culture: Essays in Honor of Stanley J. Rabnowitz. Edited Lazar Fleishman and Catherine Ciepiella, 96-116. Stanford Slavic Studies 45. Stanford, 2014.

Symphonies and Funeral Games: Lourié’s Critique of Stravinsky’s Neoclassicism.” In Stravinsky and His World. Edited by Tamara Levitz, 105-26. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

“Arthur Lourié’s Eurasianist and Neo-Thomist Responses to the Crisis of Art” (Introduction and Notes). In Stravinsky and His World. Edited by Tamara Levitz, 127-35. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. 

“Testing the Limits of the Human Universal: Ernest Bloch’s America.” In American Music 29, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 168-202.

“Arthur Vincent Lourié’s Opera on Pushkin’s Black Great-Grandfather,” with Caryl Emerson. Pushkin Review 12-13 (2009-10): 71-96.

“Decadent Truncation: Liberated Eros in Arthur Vincent Lourié’s The Blackamoor of Peter the Great.” Cambridge Opera Journal 20, no. 2 (2008): 181-213.

“Shadows of the Past: Akhmatova’s Poem without a Hero and Lourié’s Incantations.” twentieth-century music 5, no. 1 (2008): 79–108. 

“Ancestral Voices: Anti-Semitism and Ernest Bloch’s Racial Conception of Art.” In Western Music and Race. Edited by Julie Brown, 102-14. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

“‘From Pure Sources Only’: Bartók and the Modernist Quest for Purity.” International Journal of Musicology 9 (2006): 243-66.

“The Untouchable: Bartók and the Scatological.” Studia musicologica 47, nos. 3-4 (2006): 321-36.

“Sealed Documents and Open Lives: Ernest Bloch’s Private Correspondence.” Notes 62, no. 1 (September 2005): 74-86.

“Sensuous Pagans and Righteous Jews: Changing Concepts of Jewish Identity in Ernest Bloch’s Jézabel and Schelomo.Journal of the American Musicological Society 54, no. 3 (2001): 440-94.


Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of California at Berkeley, 1998.

M.A., Historical Musicology, University of California at Berkeley, 1995.

Diploma cum laude in Musicology, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, 1992.

Diploma in Music Theory, Choral Conducting, and Music Education, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, 1986.