Dr Fabio Morabito

Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music, Lincoln College

PhD (King's College London)


Fabio is a cultural historian of French and German musical life in the age of European Revolutions (1789-1848). His major interests include canon formation and celebrity culture, music historiography, the ontology of musical notation and performance studies.


Fabio read music at the University of Pavia (Italy) and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (Germany). After completing his PhD at King’s College London, he spent one year as a Teaching Fellow in Musicology at Durham University. Fabio came to Oxford in 2017 as the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College.

Fabio’s research focuses primarily on musical culture in Paris and Vienna in the early nineteenth century, looking at the cult of eccentricity and the origins of celebrity, the commercialization of selfhood, and the intellectual history of musical authorship. He is interested in how both music performers and composers conceptualised their roles and constructed their artistic identity in the eyes of the public.

His current project investigates the first large-scale outburst of autobiographical writings by musicians between the 1830s and 1850s. It will focus on a variety of music-professional figures active in Paris and Vienna, the most fashionable musical capitals in these decades, to explore the relationship between a new cult of celebrity and the emergence of musicians’ autobiographies as an established genre. Fabio is interested in the categories through which these artists conceptualised their lifework, as well as their priorities and anxieties in presenting it to posterity. The resulting monograph will illuminate how during such a pivotal period musicians constructed themselves in their writings in ways that continue to shape how we see and listen to music celebrities today.



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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