Senior Lecturer

Martin Marks, Senior Lecturer, is a musicologist specializing in the study of film music. He received his AB and PhD degrees at Harvard University, and is the author of the pioneering book Music and the Silent Film (Oxford University Press, 1997). Frequently he performs live piano accompaniments for silent films, and he served as Music Curator for four award-winning DVD anthologies in the series Treasures from American Film Archives (published by the National Film Preservation Foundation between 2000 and 2011). In 2017, he was cited for a special commendation by the Boston Society of Film Critics, “for enhancing Boston audiences’ enjoyment and understanding of silent movies with stellar musical accompaniment. Published articles include studies of scores for well-known sound films, including one on Casablanca (the essay is anthologized in James Buhler’s Music and Cinema) and another on the comedies of Preston Sturges (in an anthology published in 2015 by Edinburgh University Press).  He is working on a book about the continued life of silent cinema, with attention to a number of classic silents and the diverse musicians (himself included) who have accompanied and scored them in contrasting ways . Martin greatly enjoys teaching several subjects, including Music and Theater Arts Section’s introductory survey of classical music (21M.011), and more advanced classes on films per se, film music, musicals, operas, and classical composers of the twentieth century.