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John Felice

  • Music Theory and Theoretical Studies

Ontario native John Felice (1938–2001) joined NEC’s undergraduate music theory and graduate theoretical studies faculties after completing a master’s degree at NEC in 1968, and he continued to teach through the end of the 1990s.

Felice’s colleague Gerald Zaritzky notes that “John was fascinated by proportion in musical structure, yet also by music’s most immediate sonic qualities. At whatever levels of subject and teaching, John’s enthusiasms spread to his students. His yearly piano and composition recitals, held usually on Canadian Thanksgiving Day, were legendary for their exciting programming and persuasive performances—especially his several offerings of the complete J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II, as a single, four-hour, uninterrupted cycle.” (See “A Question I Have Never Heard Asked,” Felice's article on that subject, in Sonus vol. XV.)