Dr Roger Allen

BA BMus (Liverpool), MA, DPhil (Oxon)


Research interests in Wagner, music analysis and associated issues in the aesthetics of music.


Roger Allen read music at the University of Liverpool whilst at the same time studying the organ with Noel Rawsthorne at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. His DPhil thesis comprised a critical study of the writings of the conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwängler. He is active as a graduate supervisor and also maintains a performance profile as organist and pianist specialising in chamber music and Lieder accompaniment. Roger’s research is primarily in late nineteenth and early twentieth century German music with a special interest in Wagner. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Wagner Journal, to which he regularly contributes articles and reviews. He is also interested in analytical issues and is presently focusing on long-term structural and tonal processes in Wagner and Bruckner. His ongoing study of late nineteenth-century performance practice is fostering an interest in the development of critical methodologies for the study of historic recordings as a musicological resource. His undergraduate teaching has concentrated on nineteenth and early twentieth – century music history, philosophy and aesthetics of music and analysis; he has also supervised doctoral students working on critical studies of Wagner’s late essays, issues in late nineteenth-century British music and culture and German musical works by composers contemporaneous with Wagner. He is currently writing an intellectual biography of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.


Richard Wagner’s ‘Beethoven’ (1870). A new translation with Introductory Essay and Critical Commentary (2014)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: The Politics of the Unpolitical (forthcoming 2017)





Dr Roger Allen
St Peter’s College
Oxford OX1 2DL

Tel: 01865 278908
Email: roger.allen@music.ox.ac.uk