Professor Peter Franklin

Emeritus Fellow, St Catherine's College

BA, DPhil (York)

Research

Research interests in late 19th- and early 20th-century European music and culture (especially opera and the symphony), in modernism, critical theory and music in mass-entertainment film.

PROFILE

Professor Peter Franklin took up the post of Reader in Music at Oxford in 1996, when he became the first Fellow in Music at St Catherine’s College. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 in music-related programmes and interval talks and has presented Radio 3′s ‘Composer of the Week’. His primary areas of research interest are Gustav Mahler and the post-romantic symphony, early twentieth-century Austrian and German opera (particularly Franz Schreker) and Hollywood film music (including the role of European emigré composers like Korngold and Steiner in the 1930s and ’40s). Books and examples of his more recent work are listed in Publications; his monograph on Hollywood film music, Seeing Through Music, was published in 2011 by OUP. In the Fall of 2010 he was Visiting Bloch Professor at the University of California in Berkeley and the lectures he gave there are due to be published in the spring of 2014 by University of California Press as Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of 19th-Century Music, The Wagner Journal, and the Journal of Film Music.

 

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

The Idea of Music. Schoenberg and Others, pp.188, London, Macmillan 1985

Mahler. Symphony no.3, Cambridge Music Handbooks, pp.127. Cambridge. CUP 1991

The Life of Mahler, pp.228. Cambridge, CUP 1997 [also translated into Japanese and Chinese]

Seeing Through Music, Gender and Modernism in Classic Hollywood Film Scores (Oxford University Press 2011)

[In progress]

Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds (University of California Press 2014)

[As Editor:]

Natalie Bauer-Lechner: Recollections of Gustav Mahler (translated by Dika Newlin), London 1980.

 

RECENT WORK

“A Farewell, a Femme Fatale, and a Film: Three Awkward Moments in Twentieth-Century Music”, in Musical Meaning and Human Values, ed. Keith Chapin and Lawrence Kramer (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009), 150-169.

 ‘Underscoring Drama – Picturing Music’ in Wagner and Cinema (ed Jeongwon Joe and Sander Gilman, Indiana University Press 2010), 46-64

‘Shared Stories? Karłowicz and the ‘Fin-de-Siècle’ Musical Narrative’ in European Fin-de-Siècle and Polish Modernism. The Music of Mieczysław Karłowicz, ed. Luca Sala (Bologna, UT Orpheus Edizioni 2010), 107-118

‘Modernism’s Distanced Sound: A British Approach to Schreker and Others’ in Art and Ideology in European Opera. Essays in Honour of Julian Rushton, ed. Rachel Cowgill, David Cooper and Clive Brown (Woodbridge: Boydell 2010), 351-61.

‘The Politics of Distance in Mahler’s Musical Landscape’ in Musik in der Moderne/ Music and Modernism, ed. Federico Celestini, Gregor Kokorz and Julian Johnson (Wien etc., Böhlau Verlag, 2011), 69-77.

‘More Cases of Wagner’ in Philip Purvis, ed., Masculinity in Opera (London: Routledge 2013), 121-143.

‘Lost in Spaces: Recovering Schreker’s Spectacular Voices’ in The Opera Quarterly, August 2013, 1-12.

“A Farewell, a Femme Fatale, and a Film: Three Awkward Moments in Twentieth-Century Music”, in Musical Meaning and Human Values, ed. Keith Chapin and Lawrence Kramer (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009), 150-169.

‘Underscoring Drama – Picturing Music’ in Wagner and Cinema (ed Jeongwon Joe and Sander Gilman, Indiana University Press 2010), 46-64

‘Shared Stories? Karłowicz and the ‘Fin-de-Siècle’ Musical Narrative’ in European Fin-de-Siècle and Polish Modernism. The Music of Mieczysław Karłowicz, ed. Luca Sala (Bologna, UT Orpheus Edizioni 2010), 107-118

 

RELATED WEBSITES

www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Prof Peter Franklin

peter.franklin@music.ox.ac.uk