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AHRC-funded Doctoral Awards: Heinrich Schenker as Theorist, Teacher and Correspondent, 1925-1930

Published: 1 November 2010
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The deadline for this studentship has now passed.

The University of Southampton has been awarded two doctoral studentships by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (one in Modern Languages and one in Music) in conjunction with the project relating to the Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker, and his work as a writer, teacher and correspondent in the second half of the 1920s, a period which saw the production of the three Meisterwerk in der Musik yearbooks (including the analyses of Mozart’s G minor Symphony and Beethoven’s 'Eroica'), development of his ground-breaking 'voice-leading analyses', and progress towards his final theoretical text, Der freie Satz. Extensive study of the correspondence with publishers (Drei Masken Verlag, Universal Edition), contemporary scholars and musicians (eg Otto Erich Deutsch, Antony van Hoboken), and friends and pupils (eg Moriz Violin, Hans Weisse, Felix-Eberhard von Cube) forms the backbone of the investigation into this fertile period of Schenker’s career.

Modern Languages doctoral studentship

This studentship, in the discipline of Modern Languages, will focus on some aspect of literature, culture and politics in Austria, and particularly in Vienna, during the period between the First and Second World Wars. It is expected that the candidate will make use of the project team’s research, which will offer fresh perspectives on the period.

Essential: a strong 2.1 honours degree and an MA (or equivalent) in German, History, or a related subject a reading knowledge of German at a high level.
Desirable: background knowledge of Austrian history and politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This studentship will be supervised by Dr Andrea Reiter (Reader in German), Co-Investigator on the project. Advice and assistance will also be given by Mark Cornwall (Professor of History), and by other members of the project team.

The studentships are tenable for a maximum of three years, commencing in January 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter, at an annual stipend of (currently £13,290) and will additionally cover postgraduate tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Eligibility. Only citizens of the European Union are eligible for these studentships, and the annual stipend can be paid only to candidates who satisfy the AHRC’s requirements of UK residency. For further details, consult the AHRC Guide to Student Eligibility

Application for both studentships is by curriculum vitae, a sample of written work (between 1,000 and 5,000 words), and a covering letter explaining why you feel you are suitable for this project. Please also arrange for two academic references to be sent independently by the deadline. All material should be sent to

Interviews will be held on Friday, 26 November 2010.

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