School of Music

Zbigniew Granat


Dr. Zbigniew Granat studied musicology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and Boston University, where he completed his doctoral dissertation on Open Form and the Work-Concept: Notions of the Musical Work after Serialism. His research interests include a variety of areas: the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s, Polish sonorism, music and the Cold War, musical aesthetics, ethnomusicology, jazz, nineteenth-century music analysis, and issues of borrowing in various musical traditions.

Granat served as editor of a special issue of Muzyka devoted to “sonoristics” and “sonorism” (2008) and contributed an essay on the subject to Music’s Intellectual History (New York 2009). His publications also include a chapter on Boulez in Music and Literary Modernism (Cambridge 2006); an essay on Chopin and intertextuality in Music: Function and Value (Kraków 2014); and a chapter on jazz and Cold War politics in Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900- 2000 (Basel 2014). He has also published in Jazz Research Journal, Grove Music Online, Muzyka, Down Beat, Jazz Forum, Notes, Jazz Research Papers, and Polish Review.

Dr. Granat has held leadership roles in several international conferences. In 2007, he organized and chaired a symposium on “Sonoristic Legacies: Toward New Paradigms in Music Theory, Aesthetics, and Composition,” which was held at the 18th International Congress of the International Musicological Society in Zürich, Switzerland. At the 19th Congress of the IMS (Rome, Italy, 2012), Granat assembled and led a study session on “Music and the Construction of Identity in the Cold War Era and Beyond.” Also in 2012, he created and presided over a joint musicology/ethnomusicology session on “Jazz and Nationalism: Global Narratives of Identity” at the annual convention of the American Musicological Society in New Orleans, LA. Papers from this session have been published in the Jazz Research Journal (Vol. 6 no. 2, 2012) published in the UK.

Granat has also chaired sessions and delivered papers on a variety of subjects at conferences held in England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Ireland, and across the U.S. He has taken actives roles in the European jazz research network “Rhythm Changes,” and presented his scholarship on Polish jazz at two conferences held in Amsterdam: “Jazz and National Identity” (2011) and “Jazz Beyond Borders (2014). 

Apart from his work on twentieth-century music, Granat also studies and writes about issues in nineteenth century music. For instance, he has made significant discoveries pertaining to the music of Fryderyk Chopin and presented his findings at several scholarly events: the International Chopin Congress 1810/2010 (Warsaw, Poland, 2010); the 11 International Congress on Musical Signification (Krakow, Poland, 2010); and a conference on The European Salon: Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik (Maynooth, Ireland, 2015). He is currently completing two books: a monograph on the open work in twentieth-century music and a study of intertextuality in the music of Miles Davis.

Before coming to Nazareth, Dr. Granat taught at Boston University, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. While at Nazareth College, he has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in three areas: classical music, world music, and jazz. 

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Program Director of BA in Music 
  • Coordinator of Music History and Music Theory
  • Music History


  • Boston University, Ph.D.
  • Jagiellonian University, MA, BA