Carl B. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and his masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. His principal teachers were Putnam Aldrich, John Ward, Nino Pirrotta, and Nadia Boulanger (at Fontainebleau). He has written extensively on seventeenth-century Italian and French opera and ballet (notably Lully), on Georges Auric and Francis Poulenc, and has researched the 20th century American composer Randall Thompson and the history of the Handel Choir of Baltimore. His research and reviews have been published in numerous American and foreign journals including Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, Music Library Association Notes, Musical Quarterly, Harvard Library Bulletin, Journal of Musicology, Dix-septième siècle, “Recherches” sur la Musique française classique, and Current Musicology, among others.
Schmidt’s books include: The Music of Randall Thompson (1899-1984): A Documented Catalogue (co-author Elizabeth K. Schmidt; in press, ECS Publishing, St. Louis); The Music of Georges Auric (1899-1983): A Documented Catalogue in Four Volumes (Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013); The Story of Randall Thompson's ‘Alleluia’ Revisited: A Facsimile Edition with Commentary (Boston: ECS Publishing, 2010); Écrits sur la musique de Georges Auric/Writings on Music by Georges Auric, 4 vols. (Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009); Entrancing Muse: A Documented Biography of Francis Poulenc (New York: Pendragon Press, 2001); The Music of Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): A Catalogue (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995); The Livrets of Jean-Baptiste-Lully’s Tragédies-lyriques: A Catalogue Raisonné (New York: Performer’s Editions, 1995), among others. He has also published four Poulenc editions including a revised critical edition of the famous Flute Sonata, and co-authored a volume of Lully motets.
His history of the Handel Choir of Baltimore is under contract with Lexington Books, and in collaboration with Dr. Luis Engelke he has edited Walter Piston’s unpublished Salutefor Four B-flat Trumpets with a substantial explanatory preface (ECS Publishing, St. Louis, forthcoming).
Schmidt has directed a college glee club on a seven-week/eight-country European tour, narrated Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Babar le petit elephant, in various concerts, and given lecture/recitals including several with mezzo-soprano Leneida Crawford and pianist Susan Ricci. In January 2013 he read a paper entitled “La méthode de composition de Francis Poulenc à travers ses brouillons” at the international Poulenc Colloquium at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris.
A former Chairperson of the Towson University Department of Music, Schmidt teaches survey courses for non-majors and upper-division history classes for music majors including specialty courses on Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the Arts in Paris, Igor Stravinsky, Symphonic Literature, and Vocal Literature. He lectures widely in the Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington area, served for a decade on the Board of Directors of The Handel Choir of Baltimore, and has been the recipient of significant grants from various universities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Music and Letters, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and of a Harvard University Houghton Library Visiting Fellowship.