The Music Faculty at Oxford sustains a large and diverse research culture in musicology, broadly defined. With an institutional structure that enables and encourages exchanges between researchers within and across disciplines, world-class library and research resources, musicology at Oxford attracts leading international researchers to its full-time staff, alongside a significant body of postdoctoral fellows and research students. The Faculty is also committed to enhancing the impact of its research activities beyond the academic community, through the engagement of its researchers with public organisations such as orchestras, opera houses, broadcasters, and festivals.

Current musicological research activity can be grouped under the following broad headings:

  • Early Music (Margaret Bent, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Christian Leitmeir, David Maw, Owen Rees, Reinhard Strohm)
  • 18th-Century Studies and Opera (Suzanne Aspden, Michael Burden, Reinhard Strohm)
  • 19th-Century Studies (Laurence Dreyfus, Peter Franklin, Daniel Grimley, Claire Holden, Laura Tunbridge, Susan Wollenberg)
  • Music Post-1900 (Georgina Born, Eric Clarke, Jonathan Cross, Peter Franklin, Daniel Grimley, David Maw, Gascia Ouzounian, Jason Stanyek, Laura Tunbridge)
  • Music Theory and Analysis (Eric Clarke, Jonathan Cross, Daniel Grimley, Elizabeth Eva Leach, David Maw, Gascia Ouzounian, Jason Stanyek, Laura Tunbridge)

The Faculty’s research embraces a wide variety of modes of research (individual scholarship, practice-based research, research teams, knowledge exchange partnerships), including a significant number of collaborative and externally funded research partnerships. Principal among these (both past and present projects) are:

  • Ballad Operas Online, a project in association with Goldsmiths College, University of London, and hosted by the Bodleian’s Oxford Digital Library
  • Towards a Global History of Music, the Balzan Prize Research Programme in Musicology, led by Reinhard Strohm
  • Creative Practice in Contemporary Concert Music (CPCCM), a project led by Eric Clarke as part of the AHRC Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP)
  • Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM), which has received significant funding from the AHRC and the Mellon Foundation
  • Hearing Landscape Critically, led by Daniel Grimley and supported by a major grant from the Leverhulme Trust
  • London Stage Project, 1800–1900 led by Michael Burden and funded by Gene Ludwig through the Ludwig Charitable Trust, and its related Oxford-Princeton Partnership in Opera in London and New York 1770–1870, supported by the OUP John Fell Fund
  • Oxford-Princeton Partnership in Music Theory and Analysis, led by Jonathan Cross and supported by the OUP John Fell Fund