School of Music
Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Associate Professor / Music History
|School of Music|
School of Music Room 320
Monday, 10:45–11:45 p.m.
Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 a.m.
and by appointment
Kunio Hara is an associate professor of music history at the University of South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and M.M. and B.M. degrees in music history and clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His research interests include Puccini's operas, exoticism and Orientalism in music, nostalgia, and music in postwar Japan. His research has been funded through support of the University of South Carolina Office of the Provost.
Dr. Hara has presented papers at various national and international musicological and interdisciplinary conferences including the meetings of the American Musicological Society, The Society for American Music, Transnational Opera Studies Conference, and Music and the Moving Image Conference. His published works include articles "'Per noi emigrati': Nostalgia in the Reception of Puccini's La fanciulla del West in New York City's Italian-Language Newspapers" in the Journal of the Society for American Music (click here to access the article), "The Death of Tamaki Miura: Performing Madama Butterfly During the Allied Occupation of Japan" in Music and Politics (click here to access the article), "1 + 1 = 1: Measuring Time's Distance in Tōru Takemitsu's Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij" in Music and the Moving Image (click here to access the article), “Rudolf Dittrich’s Nippon Gakufu and Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly” in Music Research Forum, and “The Structure of Nostalgia in Puccini’s Operas” in Between Nostalgia, Utopia, and Realities.
He is also the author of the forthcoming book Joe Hisaishi's Sountrack for My Neighbor Totoro (2020) as part of the Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 Japan Series.
Dr. Hara teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on music history with an emphasis on nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Dr. Hara is affiliate faculty at the Walker Institute Center for Asian Studies and European Studies Program. He has served previously as the president of the Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
- 2012 Ph.D. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
- 2003 M.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- 2000 B.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Areas of Specialization
- Operas of Giacomo Puccini
- 19th- and 20th-century music
- Exoticism and Orientalism in music
- Music in Postwar Japan
- MUSC 100L Recital Class Lab: Critical Listening
- MUSC 353 History of Western Music I
- MUSC 354 History of Western Music II
- MUSC455 History of Western Music III
- MUSC 544 Historic Sounds of Columbia
- MUSC 744 Takemitsu and His Contemporaries
- MUSC 744 Puccini: Critical and Analytical Methods
- MUSC 744 Exoticism in Western Music
- MUSC 758 Romantic Music
- Joe Hisaishi's Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro. 33 1/3 Japan, edited by Noriko Manabe. New York: Bloomsbury, 2020.
- "'Per noi emigrati': Nostalgia in the Reception of Puccini's La fanciulla del West in New York City's Italian-Language Newspapers." Journal of the Society for American Music 13, no. 2 (2019): 177–94. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1752196319000063
- "The Death of Tamaki Miura: Performing Madama Butterfly During the Allied Occupation of Japan." Music and Politics 11, no. 1 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mp.9460447.0011.106
- "1 + 1 = 1: Measuring Time's Distance in Tōru Takemitsu's Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij." Music and the Moving Image 9, no. 3 (2016): 3–18. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/638863
- “The Structure of Nostalgia in Puccini’s Operas.” In Between Nostalgia, Utopia, and Realities, edited by Vesna Mikić, Ivana Perković, Tijana Popović Mlađenović, and Mirijana Veselinović-Hofman, 204–15. Belgrade: University of Arts, 2012.
- “Rudolf Dittrich’s Nippon Gakufu and Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.” Music Research Forum 19 (2004): 1–25.