Jeremy Eichler is a critic and cultural historian whose recent work explores the ways in which the past has been inscribed in sound. His 2015 doctoral dissertation, “The Emancipation of Memory,” centers on Arnold Schoenberg and the creation of the first major musical memorial to the Holocaust. He has taught at Brandeis University and serves as the chief classical music critic of the Boston Globe.
At Radcliffe, Eichler is writing a book examining the relationship of cultural memory and music composed in the wake of the Second World War. His project focuses on key commemorative works, the idea of memorialization in sound, and the notion of music itself as a unique carrier of meaning about the past.
Eichler’s writing has appeared in the Nation, the New Republic, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post, and his work has been recognized with an ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Award for music criticism. He earned his BA at Brown University and his PhD in history at Columbia University, where his dissertation was awarded the Salo and Jeanette Baron Prize in Jewish Studies. His research has also been supported by a fellowship from the Center for Jewish History and a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.