Leslie Sprout

Leslie Sprout is a musicologist, associate professor of music, and chair of the Music Department at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Her scholarship focuses on music, modernism, and national identity in twentieth-century France. Additional research interests include the film music of Arthur Honegger and the engagement of European composers with American popular music and jazz between the two world wars. Dr. Sprout’s work has been supported by a Fulbright fellowship to France, an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Musicological Society, the Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship at UC Berkeley, and travel grants from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

At Drew Dr. Sprout teaches an introductory course on Western art music that is open to all students. For music majors and minors (and other interested students), she teaches music history courses from the Middle Ages to the present. She also teaches a course in the Caspersen Graduate School in the MA/PhD program in History and Culture, and team-taught a course on the modern age in the West in Drew's Humanities program. To learn more about Dr. Sprout’s courses, as well as class field trips in northern New Jersey and New York City, click on the links to the left.

Selected Publications:

  • The Musical Legacy of Wartime France. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Honegger,” article published in the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times, August 29, 2010; reprinted in International Herald Tribune, August 31, 2010
  • “The 1945 Stravinsky Festival: Nigg, Messiaen, and the Early Cold War in France.” Journal of Musicology 26, no. 1 (Winter 2009): 85-131. Special issue on music and the Cold War.
  • "Les commandes de Vichy: aube d'une ère nouvelle?" In La vie musicale sous Vichy, edited by Myriam Chimènes. Paris: Éditions Complexe, 2001. Book awarded the Prix Thorlet from the
    Académie des Beaux-Arts, France, 2001
  • "Muse of the Révolution française or the Révolution nationale? Music and National Celebrations in France, 1936-1944." repercussions 5 (Spring-Fall 1996): 69-127