Dr. Michael Vincent’s research unites two strands of recent musicological inquiry: diaspora studies and historiography of the Enlightenment. His scholarship centers on eighteenth-century music from Mozart's generation, with inquiries extending to baroque dance forms and nineteenth-century reception. He focuses on regional dances in Luigi Boccherini’s chamber music, drawing upon data collected from original manuscript studies. He explores the various ways that Boccherini's migrant status interfaced with his music, career, and biographical tradition. Broad methodologies include cultural studies, postcolonialism, historical ethnography, transnationalism, and music-analytical traditions from America and Europe. He received several fellowships to support his research at the University of Florida, including the Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship from The Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere; a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship from the Center for European Studies; the Graduate School Fellowship Program; and the Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Dr. Vincent’s work on an idiosyncratic structure in Boccherini’s music, which he termed the “static harmonic module,” was the subject of a book chapter in the international publication Boccherini Studies (2017). He is expanding his award-winning conference presentation “Goya, Boccherini, and Majismo in Enlightenment Madrid” for an article in a peer reviewed journal. He will present his research on Boccherini's piano quintets at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in 2019. At the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Dr. Vincent presented his research on the Black Legend, showing how prejudice against Spain has affected historical accounts of Boccherini's life and music. Dr. Vincent maintains an international research profile, presenting at musicological and interdisciplinary conferences in the United States, Canada, and Italy.
He has previously taught at Bowling Green State University, Santa Fe College, and Owens Community College. At the University of Florida, he teaches the Seminar in Classical Music focusing on postmodernism, Seminar in Baroque Music focusing on performance practice issues, History of Opera, Introduction to Musicology, the music history survey from baroque to classical, and general education courses.