Dr Fabio Morabito

Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music, Lincoln College

BA, MMus (University of Pavia); PhD (King's College London)


Fabio is a cultural historian of French and German musical life in the century and a half between the birth of Haydn (1732) and the death of Brahms (1897). His interests include canon formation and celebrity culture, music historiography, marginalia and the social history of musical scores, topic theory, late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century chamber music, and the role of texture in shaping musical form.


Fabio studied Musicology (BA 2006 and MMus 2010) at the University of Pavia-Cremona, Italy, and Viola (Diploma 2007) at the Conservatorio di Milano, having attended courses at the Accademia Stauffer, the Accademia Chigiana and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany (2008-11). During his time at King’s College London (PhD 2015), he was able to combine his interests in both texts and performances – and notably texts as performances – to explore eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries musical cultures. Fabio taught at King’s and Royal Holloway undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Music History and Performance Studies, before being appointed Teaching Fellow in Musicology at Durham University (2016-17), where he taught both Music History and Music Analysis. Fabio came to Oxford in 2017 as the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College.

Fabio is the recipient of a British Academy research grant that kick-started the collaborative project 19th-Century Musicians as Annotators (a partnership between the University of Oxford, the British Library, the University of California, Berkeley, and the visual exploration platform Zegami). He is at work on a monograph entitled Making the Nineteenth-Century Composer, and has articles on the prototype of the modern performer-interpreter, and Beethoven’s late quartets, forthcoming respectively in Music & Letters and the Journal of Musicology.


Morabito, Fabio (2020 forthcoming). Rehearsing the Social: Beethoven’s Late Quartets in Paris, 1825-1829, Journal of Musicology (37).

Morabito, Fabio (2020 forthcoming). Theatrical Marginalia: Pierre Baillot and the Prototype of the Modern Performer, Music & Letters (101).

Morabito, Fabio; Ward, Michael (2020 forthcoming). Texture as Structure: Sonata and Concerto Elements in the String Quartets by Rodolphe Kreutzer, Pierre Rode and Antoine Reicha, in Antoine Reicha and the Making of the Nineteenth-Century Composer, ed. Fabio Morabito and Louise Bernard de Raymond (Bologna: Ut Orpheus).

Morabito, Fabio (2019). Review-Article: Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730-1830, ed. Emily H. Green, Catherine Mayes (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017), Eighteenth Century Music (16/1), 60-63.

Morabito, Fabio (2017). Évaluer le génie sur son lit de mort: la biographie critique de Méhul par Luigi Cherubini, in Le Fer et Les Fleurs – Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817), ed. Alexandre Dratwicki and Étienne Jardin (Sinzig: Actes Sud), 481-508.

Morabito, Fabio (2016). The Score in the Performers’ Hands: Reading Traces of the Act of Performance as a Form of Analysis?, Music Theory Online (22/2).

Morabito, Fabio (2016). Luigi Cherubini auf der Suche nach dem eigenen Quartettstil: das unvollendete Quatuor second und die späten Streichquartette, in Luigi Cherubini: vielzitiert, bewundert, unbekannt, ed. Helen Geyer (Sinzig: Studio Verlag), 105-118.

Morabito, Fabio (2012). I manoscritti autografi di Luigi Cherubini: cataloghi, storia ed acquisizione del lascito presso la Königliche Bibliothek di Berlino, Acta Musicologica (84/2), 167-198.

Morabito, Fabio (2012). Review-Article: Luigi Cherubini. Requiem in c minor (Frieder Bernius, Carus 2010), Eighteenth Century Music (9/2), 280-282.

Morabito, Fabio (2011). Il processo compositivo di Cherubini: il caso dei quartetti. In Cherubini al “Cherubini” nel 250° della nascita, ed. Sergio Miceli (Firenze: Olschki), 167-188.

Morabito, Fabio (2011). I quartetti per archi di Alessandro Rolla: osservazioni sulla macrostruttura e sulla tecnica compositiva. In Alessandro Rolla (1754-1841): un caposcuola dell’arte violinistica lombarda, ed. Mariateresa Dellaborra (Lucca: LIM), 227-284.


Dr Fabio Morabito

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