Dr Joe Davies

Lecturer in Music, Lady Margaret Hall


Dr Joe Davies is Lecturer in Music at Lady Margaret Hall. His research and teaching interests are in the aesthetics and cultural history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century music, with particular emphasis on Franz Schubert and women composers. At Oxford he offers tutorials for Prelims Analysis, FHS Musical Analysis and Criticism, Musical Thought and Scholarship, and a range of history topics, as well as supervising FHS Dissertations and Analysis Portfolios.

He is currently writing a monograph (developed from his AHRC-funded doctoral research which he completed at St Hugh’s College, Oxford) on Schubert and the Gothic. This will be the first book-length study to offer an interdisciplinary framework for understanding the aesthetics of Schubert’s late music. He is co-editor with James Sobaskie of Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (Boydell & Brewer, 2019) –  a volume of essays that provides a reassessment of the composer’s neglected stage works, and offers new perspectives for the interpretation of drama in his songs and instrumental music. The inspiration for the volume arose at the conference ‘Schubert as Dramatist’ which he organized in 2014 under the auspices of the Oxford Lieder Festival.

In 2019, he served as chair of the organizing committee for the international bicentenary conference ‘Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and her world’, which took place at LMH in association with the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Music & Letters, and the Royal Musical Association. He is currently editing a related volume of essays entitled Clara Schumann Studies for Cambridge University Press. This book, the first in the Cambridge Composer Studies series to address a woman composer, is underpinned by a desire to establish new analytical and hermeneutic approaches to Clara Schumann’s music, and to re-evaluate her widespread influence as performer and teacher.