Vincent P. Benitez, Jr.
Vincent Benitez is Associate Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory and analysis. As a music theorist, Benitez specializes in music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with research interests that include musical aesthetics, serialism, set theory, and voice leading in post-tonal music, particularly as they relate to Oliver Messiaen. He is the author of Olivier Messiaen: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge). He has also published articles on Messiaen in Music Analysis, Messiaen the Theologian (Ashgate), the Dutch Journal of Music Theory, the Journal of Musicological Research, the Poznan Studies on Opera, and Music Theory Online, as well as reviews of books devoted to Messiaen in Performance Practice Review, NOTES, and the Indiana Theory Review. Finally, Benitez has presented his research on Messiaen at numerous national and international music conferences.
Benitez has additional research interests in the analysis of seventeenth- and eighteenth- century music, the history of music theory, and popular music. He has published articles and reviews on these topics in The American Organist, BACH, Diapason, GAMUT, and the Indiana Theory Review. He is the author of The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years (Praeger). His interest in the music of the Beatles has resulted in an online course on their music that he has written for non-music majors.
A Creative Legacy: Messiaen as Teacher of Analysis