Miguel Roig-Francoli

Miguel A. Roig-Francoli


Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition

Emery Hall


CCM Music Theory - 0003

Professional Summary

Miguel Roig-Francolí, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition, has been recognized internationally for his work as a music theorist, composer, musicologist and pedagogue. His research interests include Renaissance instrumental music and history of theory, the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria, twentieth-century music, and music theory pedagogy. At CCM, he regularly teaches history of theory, sixteenth-century counterpoint, post-tonal theory, music theory pedagogy, and a seminar on the analysis of early music. He is the author of Harmony in Context (McGraw-Hill, 2nd edn., 2011) and Understanding Post-Tonal Music (McGraw-Hill, 2007; Chinese translation, Beijing: People's Music Publishing House, 2012; Routledge, 2nd edn, 2021).  He has published over twenty articles and reviews in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Music Theory, Early Music, Revista de Musicología, Notes, Indiana Theory Review, Journal of Musicological Research, College Music Symposium, Analisi: Rivista de Teoria e Pedagogia Musicale, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Diccionario de la música española e hispanoamericana, and several collections of essays. He has presented papers at numerous conferences, including several annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, and Music Theory Midwest. Roig-Francolí has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, Northern Illinois University, Indiana University, and Ithaca College, and has been invited to lecture internationally at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Shanghai Conservatory, and EAFIT University in Colombia.

Roig-Francolí’s compositions have been widely performed in Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., including a 2013 monographic chamber concert at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall), and he has held commissions from the National Orchestra and Chorus of Spain, Spanish National Radio, Fundación Juan March, Rawlins Piano Trio, Institut Ramon Llull, and the Foundation for Iberian Music (CUNY). His compositions are published by EMEC, Piles, Fundación Juan March (Madrid), and Perennis Music Publishing. Among his many honors are first prize at the National Composition Competition of the Spanish Jeunesses Musicales (1981) and second prize at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (Paris, 1982), both for Five Pieces for Orchestra; the Dean’s Dissertation Prize, Indiana University (1991); the Dana Research Fellow Award, Ithaca College (1992); grants from the US-Spain Joint Committee for Cultural and Educational Affairs, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Ithaca College, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Cincinnati; the Medal of Honor from the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands (2004); the University of Cincinnati’s A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007) and George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Work (2009); 2010 Ramón Llull Prize of the Government of the Balearic Islands (Spain); the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Professor Award from the University of Cincinnati; and the 2016 American Prize in Composition (band/wind ensemble division).


MM: Indiana University Bloomington, IN, 1985

PhD: Indiana University Bloomington, IN, 1990

Título Superior de Composición: Madrid Royal Superior Conservatory Madrid, Spain, 1988

Título Profesional de Piano,: Professional Conservatory of the Balearic Islands Majorca, Spain, 1982


Peer Reviewed Publications

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2018. ) From Renaissance to Baroque: Tonal Structures in Tomás Luis de Victoria's Masses .Music Theory Spectrum, , 40 (1 ) ,27

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2017. ) A Pedagogical and Psychological Challenge: Teaching Post-Tonal Music to Twenty-First-Century Students .Indiana Theory Review, , 33 ,36

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2016. ) Approaching the Analysis of Post-1945 Music: Pedagogical Considerations .Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia, , 3 (1 ) ,57

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2014. ) Los tientos 68, 65 y 67 de Obras de música: Estudio analítico de tres obras maestras de Cabezón .Anuario Musical, , 69 ,61

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2010. ) Semblanzas de Compositores Españoles: Antonio de Cabezón (1510–1566) .Revista de la Fundación Juan March, , 393 ,2

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2007. ) Reply to Ryan McClelland’s article ‘Teaching Phrase Rhyhtm through Minuets from Haydn’s String Quartets,' vol. 20, 2006 .Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, , 21 ,179

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2001. ) A Theory of Pitch-Class-Set Extension in Atonal Music .College Music Symposium, , 41 ,57

Miguel Roig-Francoli (2000. ) Paradigms and Contrast in Sixteenth-Century Modal Structure: Commixture in the tientos of Antonio de Cabezón .Journal of Musicological Research, , 19 ,1

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1998. ) Dos tientos de Cabezón basados en tonos del Magnificat .Revista de Musicología, , 21 ,1

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1995. ) Teoría, análisis, crítica: Reflexiones en torno a ciertas lagunas en la musicología española .Revista de Musicología, , 21 ,1

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1995. ) Harmonic and Formal Processes in Ligeti's Net-Structure Compositions .Music Theory Spectrum, , 17 (2 ) ,242

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1995. ) Playing in Consonances: A Spanish Renaissance Technique of Chordal Improvisation .Early Music, , 93

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1994. ) Modal Paradigms in Mid-Sixteenth-Century Spanish Instrumental Composition: Theory and Practice in Antonio de Cabezón and Tomás de Santa María .Journal of Music Theory, , 38 (2 ) ,247

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1992. ) En torno a la figura y la obra de Tomás de Santa María: Aclaraciones, evaluaciones, y relación con la música de Cabezón .Revista de Musicología, , 15 (1 ) ,55

Miguel Roig-Francoli (1988. ) Bass Emancipation in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Instrumental Music: The Arte de tañer fantasía by Tomás de Santa María .Indiana Theory Review, , 9 ,77

Published Books

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2003. ) Harmony in Context .New York , McGraw-Hill

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2008. ) Understanding Post-Tonal Music .New York , McGraw-Hill

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2008. ) Anthology of Post-Tonal Music .New York , McGraw-Hill

Book Chapter

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2004 ) Procesos compositivos y estructura musical: Teoría y práctica en Antonio de Cabezón y Tomás de Santa María Políticas y prácticas musicales en el mundo de Felipe II .(pp. 393).Madrid, Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2013 ) "Tonal Structures in the Magnificats, Psalms, and Motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria." Estudios. Tomás Luis de Victoria. Studies. (pp. 145).Madrid, ICCMU

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2017 ) "A Pedagogical and Psychological Challenge: Teaching Post-Tonal Music to Twenty-First-Century Students." Teoria e Análise Musical em Perspectiva Didáctica .(pp. 19).Salvador (Brazil), UFBA

Electronic Journal

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2013. ) Some Basic Principles of Good Teaching .Music Theory Pedagogy Online,

Encyclopedia Article

Miguel Roig-Francolí New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians .7th ed.,

Miguel Roig-Francolí (2002. ) Dictionary of Spanish and Latin-American Music .Madrid, Sociedad General de Autores y Editores

Additional Publications

Honors and Awards

2016 American Prize in Composition (Band/Wind Ensemble Division) for Perseus, for Symphonic Band

2016 AHSS Third Century Fellowship for Research/Creative Academic Leave, University of Cincinnati

2014 Gold Medal of the Island of Ibiza, Spain

2013 Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, University of Cincinnati

2012 University Research Council Faculty Summer Grant, University of Cincinnati,

2010 Ramón Llull Prize, Government of the Balearic Islands (Spain)

2009 George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Work, University of Cincinnati

2007 A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Cincinnati

2004 Medal of Honor, Conservatorio Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares

1992 Dana Research Fellow Award, Ithaca College

1991 Dean's Dissertation Prize, Indiana University School of Music

1982 Second Prize, UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, Paris, for Five Pieces for Orchestra

1981 First Prize, National Composition Competition of the Spanish Jeunesses Musicales, for Five Pieces for Orchestra

Other Information

Recent Compositions

  • Easter Toccata (5'40"): Organ (2004)
  • Dona eis requiem (In memory of the innocent victims of war and terror) (11'): Chamber orchestra and chamber chorus (2005)
  • Antiphon and Psalms for the Victims of Genocide (17'): Chamber orchestra and chamber chorus (2005)
  • Canticles for a Sacred Earth (16'50"): Double quintet and two percussionists (2006)
  • Canticles for a Sacred Earth (18'20"): Orchestra (2006–07)
  • Missa pro pace (23'): Mixed chorus and strings (2007)
  • Improvisation for Jennifer: Violin solo (2007)
  • Himne a Santa Agnès: Chorus and piano (2008)
  • Five Gothic Miniatures (10'): Chorus a cappella (2009)
  • Songs of the Infinite (18'30"): Violin and piano (2010)
  • Songs of the Infinite (18'30"): Violin and orchestra (2010)
  • Missa pro pace (23'): Mixed chorus and organ (2010)
  • Orion (12'): Orchestra (2011)
  • Songs of Light and Darkness (16'): Piano Trio (2011)
  • Cinco canciones con los ojos cerrados (12'): Soprano and piano (2012)
  • Desconhort (7'): Tenor and string quartet (2012)
  • Andromeda (12'): Orchestra (2012)
  • Perseus (11'): Orchestra (also version for wind ensemble) (2014)
  • Three Astral Poems (Orion, Andromeda, and Perseus) (35'): Orchestra (2011-14)
  • Chaconne: Of Loss and Hope (5'): Strings (youth orchestra) (2014)
  • Un piccolo concerto grosso (4'): Strings (youth ensemble) (2014)
  • Perseus (11'): Symphonic band (2014)
  • Songs of Light and Darkness (16'): Chamber orchestra (2015)
  • Sonata for two guitars (16'): Two guitars (2015)
  • The Star Spangled Banner (3'): 50 cellos (2015)
  • The YoYo-Ono Duets (10' 45"): 2 cellos or 2 bassoons
  • Six Preludes after Chopin (6'30"): Piano (2015)
  • Orion (12'): Symphonic Band (2015)
  • Two Astral Poems (Orion and Perseus) (23'): Symphonic Band (2015)
  • Kyrie for Humanity (11' 30"): 8-voice chorus a capella (2015)
  • O Canada (2'40"): 14 cellos (2016)
  • A Tale of Madness (4´50"): Chamber wind ensemble (2016)
  • Sinfonía, "De Profundis" (31'): Orchestra (2016)
  • A Tale of Madness (4'50"): Symphonic band (2017)
  • Dos cançons populars eivissenques (Two Ibiza Folk Songs) ("Sa serena cau menuda" and "Jo tenc una enamorada"): Children's choir and piano (2019)

Selected Recent Performances

Sinfonía, De Profundis, for orchestra

  • Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain, January 24, 2019
Six Preludes after Chopin, for piano
  • Ariadne Antipa, piano, Kansas City, June 8, 2019, and CCM, CCM, March 27, 2019
  • Isabel Perez Dobarro, piano, Barcelona, May 28, 2019, and Madrid, March 29, 2019
  • Soyeon Kate Lee, Greene Space, New York City, April 12, 2016 (world premiere)
  • Bartomeu Jaume, piano, Chopin Festival, Valldemosa, Mallorca, August 28, 2016 (Prelude I), and Madrid, October 26 and 27, 2017
Sonata, for two guitars
  • Duo Melis, Guitar Foundation of America International Conference, Denver, CO, June 23, 2016 (world premiere)
 Two Astral Poems, for symphonic band
  • Banda Municipal de Barcelona, Salvador Brotons, cond., Auditori de Barcelona, October 23, 2016 (world premiere of band version)
Three Astral Poems, for orchestra
  • Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares (Sergio Alapont), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Jan. 15, 2015 (premiere) 
Perseus, for symphonic band
  • CCM Wind Ensemble, Angela Holt, cond., Corbett Auditorium, April 15, 2015 (world premiere)
  • Banda Municipal de Palma de Mallorca, Salvador Sebastia, cond., Spain, October 23, 2015
Perseus, for orchestra
  • CCM Wind Ensemble (Angela Holt), band version premiere, April 15, 2015
  • El Camino Youth Orchestra (Jindong Cai), Cupertino, CA, May 31, June20-21, 2015, and Granada, Seville, Valencia, Barcelona (Spain tour, June-July 2015)
Orion, for orchestra
  • EAFIT University Symphony Orchestra, Medellin, Colombia, Oct. 10, 2013
  • Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares (Salvador Brotons), Castell de Bellver, Palma de Mallorca, July 19, 2012 (premiere)
Songs of Light and Darkness, for piano trio
  • Trio Iboshim: Cristina Prats, violin; Monica Marí, cello; María José Perete, piano, Ibiza, April 10, 2014
  • Timothy Lees, violin; Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello; James Tocco, piano, CCM Werner Recital Hall, October 8, 2013, in collaboration with Constella Music Festival
  • Damocles Trio: Airi Yoshioka, violin; Sibylle Johner, cello; Adam Kent, piano, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), November 17, 2013
  • Rawlins Piano Trio, Vermillion, South Dakota, 2012, Sept. 27, 2012 (premiere)
Cinco Canciones con los Ojos Cerrados
  • Paola Inés González, soprano, and Avedis Manoogian, piano, CCM, May 19, 2015.
  • Premiere: Abigail Santos, soprano, and Hyo Jung Song, piano.  CCM, Jan. 9, 2013
  • Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano; Michael Chertock, piano, CCM Werner Recital Hall, October 8, 2013, in collaboration with Constella Music Festival
  • Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano; Adam Kent, piano, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), November 17, 2013 
Songs of the Infinite, for violin and orchestra:
  • Jennifer Roig-Francolí, violin, Orquestra Simfonica Ciutat d’Eivissa, Ibiza, Spain, Adolfo Villalonga, conductor, December 18, 2011
Songs of the Infinite, for violin and piano:
  • João Titton, violin, and Maurício Zamith, piano, Florianópolis, Brazil, October 12, 2017
  • Jennifer Roig- Francolí, violin; Edward Neeman, piano, CCM Werner Recital Hall, October 8, 2013
  • Jennifer Roig-Francolí, violin; Adam Kent, piano, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), November 17, 2013
  • Charles Wetherbee, violin, Snake River Chamber Festival, Keystone, CO, September 2, 2011