Reba Wissner is currently a lecturer in music at Berkeley College, USA where she has taught since 2013. She received her M.F.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Brandeis University, USA and her B.A. in Music and Italian from Hunter College of the City University of New York, USA. She has also taught in the Writing and Music Departments at Brandeis University from 2006-2012. Dr. Wissner's research interests are seventeenth-century Venetian opera, Music and Politics, Music and Immigration, Popular music, and the role of music in 1960s science fiction television. She is the author of several articles on seventeenth-century Venetian opera, Italian immigrant theatre in New York City, and music in the original television series, The Twilight Zone. She has also presented her research on these areas at conferences throughout the United States and Europe. She is a recipient of numerous awards and grants including a dissertation research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She currently serves on the editorial board of and as the music editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Coreopsis: A Journal of Myth and Theatre and is also the series editor for Pendragon Press' Music and Media book series.
This is a fine book . . . The subject matter is both timely and extremely pertinent; the influence of what The Twilight Zone and its composers did with music continues to be felt in the more musical-savvy of today's television programming, and the use of music across the show's five season remains a textbook example of how music can be used to enhance and interact with what is happening on the screen and felt through its storytelling. MUSIQUE FANTASTIQUE