Professor REINHARD STROHM, PhD (TU Berlin), MA (Yale & Oxon), FBAEmeritus Professor of Music (Heather Professor from 1996 - 2007)
b. Munich, 1942. Studied musicology, Latin and Romance literatures, violin (Munich). Ph.D. 1971, TU Berlin (with C. Dahlhaus) on ‘Italian opera arias of the early 18th century'. 1970-82 co-editor, Richard-Wagner-Gesamtausgabe, Munich. 1975-83 Lecturer then Reader in Music, King's College, U. of London. 1983-90 Professor of Musicology, Yale University. 1990-96 Reader then Professor of Historical Musicology, King's College London.
Corresponding member, American Musicological Society; Akademie der Wissenschaften, Göttingen. Fellow, British Academy.
Research Interests / Publications
(1) Eighteenth-century Italian opera, particularly of Handel and his contemporaries. Recent publications: Dramma per Musica: Italian Opera Seria of the Eighteenth Century, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997. The Eighteenth-Century Diaspora of Italian Music and Musicians, ed. R. Strohm, Turnhout: Brepols, 2001.
(2) Late-medieval music and its social context. Books: Music in Late Medieval Bruges, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985. Second, rev. edn: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990. The Rise of European Music (1380-1500), Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress, 1993. Music as Concept and Practice in the Late Middle Ages, ed. R. Strohm and Bonnie J. Blackburn, Oxford University Press, 2001 (The New Oxford History of Music, vol. 3/1, new edn).
(3) Modernist/postmodernist debates in musical historiography. Recent publications: ‘Looking back at ourselves: the problem with the musical work-concept', in The Musical Work. Reality or Invention?, ed. M. Talbot, Liverpool University Press, 2000, 128-52. 'Collapsing the dialectic: the enlightenment tradition in music and its critics', in Musicology and its Sister Disciplines: Past, Present and Future (Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of the International Musicological Society, London, 1997), ed. D. Greer, Oxford University Press, 2000, 263-272.‘Postmodern thought and the history of music: some intersections' (forthcoming).
(4) Current projects: Classicism, Ideology, Utopia in the 17th and 18th centuries; 18th-century music and social history (iconography, local history, opera singers and impresarios).
Critical editions of music (R. Wagner, A. Vivaldi, English 15th-century Masses).
Translations of Italian opera libretti (Handel).
C. 120 individual essays and published conference papers.
Faculty of Music
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