Ştefan Firca is a musicologist and lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest, department of Musicology. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Ohio State University, with a dissertation on the carnivalesque aspects of the late 1960s psychedelic culture. In 2013 he finished a MIDAS post-doctoral program at the National University of Music in Bucharest. With experience in the history of both art music and rock music, he has published on topics ranging from Henry Purcell to Giacinto Scelsi, but is particularly interested in the popular culture of the 20th century, the nexus between avant-garde and popular music, film and film music, and issues of cultural imagination. He is the author of two forthcoming books: Imbroglio (Bucharest: Editura Muzicală, 2014) and Circles and Circuses: Carnivalesque Tropes in the Late 1960s Musical and Cultural Imagination (his Ph.D. dissertation, to be published in 2015).
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