Tim Carter

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David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music (3212)

214 Hill Hall
Campus Box 3320
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3320
919-962-1039 (phone)


Research Interests

Tim Carter’s research focuses on music in late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy; on Mozart’s Italian operas; and on American musical theater in the mid-twentieth century. He is particularly concerned with the development of appropriate historical, analytical and critical tools to deal with problematic works that sit on several cusps and forge new musical languages; the careful garnering and analysis of sources and documentary evidence; the elucidation of text–music relationships, with particular reference to the influence of poetic structures on musical form and process; and the embedding of contemporary performances (and performers) within surviving scores and the intertextual and performative issues that arise.

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Directory of Classes.

  • Studies in Music History, 1650–1850
  • Fundamentals of Music I
  • Theory-Musicianship II
  • The Mozart/Da Ponte Operas
  • The American Musical, 1927–1952


  • Monteverdi’s Operas
  • From Renaissance to Baroque-Issues in Style and Expression
  • The Mozart/Da Ponte Operas
  • What’s in a Key? Modal Types and Tonal Practices in Music of the Classic Era