Professor Christian Leitmeir

Associate Professor in Music; Tutorial Fellow in Music, Magdalen College

MMus (Lond.), Dr.phil. (Tübingen), MEA


Christian Leitmeir’s research evolves primarily around medieval music theory and early modern music in Continental Europe (with a regional emphasis on Central Eastern Europe).

Christian Thomas Leitmeir grew up in Donauwörth, Southern Germany. From 1995 he read Musicology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Theology at the University of Munich. In 1999 he completed his MMus degree in Musicology at King’s College London and in 2003 was awarded a DPhil from the Karl-Eberhards-Universität Tübingen (2003). After a Long-Term Frances A. Yates Research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London, 2003–2006), he taught at Bangor University (2007-2015), before joining the University of Oxford in 2015.

He is a devoted palaeographer and critical editor. Alongside, he pursues research into other areas, especially German Romantic opera, music around 1900 (with a focus on Richard Strauss) and the history of musicology. He frequently engages in interdisciplinary research, reaching out especially to theology and art history.
He serves as co-editor to Plainsong & Medieval Music, reviews editor for Archa Verbi: Yearbook for the Study of Medieval Theology and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation and Music Theory & Analysis. In 2013 he was elected into the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).

At the Faculty of Music, Christian mainly teaches on the history of music from the Middle Ages and the early modern period, including palaeography and music philology. His tutorial teaching covers these subject areas, but additionally extends to other periods of music history.

Selected Publications

A full listed of publications can be found on Christian Leitmeir’s academia webpage.

Medieval Music

‘Arguing with Spirituality against Spirituality. A Cistercian Apologia for Mensural Music by Petrus dictus Palma ociosa (1336)’, Archa Verbi. Yearbook for the Study of Medieval Theology, 4 (2007), 115–59.
‘Die Musik am Kölner Dom und am erzbischöflichen Hof im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert: Zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte musikalischer Institutionen’, Das Kölner Erzbistum in der Musikgeschichte des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts, edited by Klaus Pietschmann, Beiträge zur rheinischen Musikgeschichte, 172 (Cologne, 2009), 259-309.
‘Sine auctoritate nulla disciplina est perfecta: Medieval Music Theory in Search for Normative Foundations’, Between Creativity and Norm-making: Tensions in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras, edited by Sigrid Müller, Cornelia Schweiger, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions, 165 (Leiden, 2012), 31‒60.
‘Dominicans and Polyphony: Re-Appraisal of a Strained Relationship’, Making and breaking the rules: Discussions, implementation and consequences of Dominican legislation, edited by Cornelia Linde (Oxford, ?2016), forthcoming.

Renaissance Music

Jacobus de Kerle (1531/32-1591): Komponieren im Brennpunkt von Kirche und Kunst (Turnhout, 2009)
‘Teodoro Riccio’s Liber primus missarum (1579): a musical ambassador between Prussia and Poland’, The Musical Heritage of the Jagiellonian Era in Central and Eastern European Countries, edited by Paweł Gancarczyk, Agnieszka Leszczyńska und Elżbieta Wojnowska (Warsaw, 2012), 125‒156.
Da pacem Domine: The Desire for Peace in Rudolfinian Music’, The Boundaries of Musical Humanism: Slavic Regions & Mediterranean Culture, edited by Marco Gurrieri & Vasco Zara (Turnhout, ?2016), forthcoming
‘Words for music, Words about Music: Salomon Frencel von Friedenthal’s Epigrams as Sources for Music History’ (Warsaw, 2016), forthcoming.

Music after 1750

‘Leopold Mozarts “Versuch einer Anweisung, ein Klavierkonzert zu komponieren“. Zur Entstehung und Funktion der Pasticcio-Konzerte KV 37, 39, 40 und 41’, Mozart Studien, 14 (Tutzing, 2007), 49–90.
‘Eine „glückliche Anwendung historischer Resultate auf die Oper“? Zur Verwendung alter Musik in Adolf Sandbergers Oper Ludwig der Springer (1895)’, Mozart im Zentrum. Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Manfred Hermann Schmid, edited by Klaus Aringer & Ann-Katrin Zimmermann (Tutzing, 2010), 381–407.
‘Audiatur et altera pars. Das Kölner Ordinariat Theodor Kroyers (1932-1938), Musikwissenschaft im Rheinland um 1930, edited by Norbert Jers und Klaus Pietschmann, Beiträge zur rheinischen Musikgeschichte, 171 (2012), 93-131.