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Dr Austin Glatthorn PhD

Visiting Fellow

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My research focuses generally on musical life in early modern Europe. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the intersections of music, drama, politics, aesthetics, and mobility in Central Europe around the year 1800.

I recently completed a monograph entitled Music Theatre and the Holy Roman Empire: The German Musical Stage at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 2022). This book draws on a wealth of archival sources and digital tools to uncover how material and discursive networks mediated an entangled web of Central European theatres—networked by postal communication and mobility—that served as preconditions for a shared musico-theatrical culture. I explore the extent to which the Holy Roman Empire delineated and networked a cultural entity that found expression through music for the German stage. My other recent work appears in book chapters and with A-R Editions, Eighteenth-Century Music, Journal of Musicology, Music & Letters, and Journal of War & Culture Studies. My article 'The Imperial Coronation of Leopold and Mozart, Frankfurt am Main, 1790' (2017) won the Mozart Society of America's Marjorie Weston Emerson Award, and my essay 'The Legacy of "Ariadne" and the Melodramatic Sublime' was a winner of the Music & Letters Centenary Prize Competition. I am currently co-editing with Estelle Joubert (Dalhousie University, Canada) the Cambridge History of German Opera to the Early Nineteenth Century.

My research helps inform my teaching. I hold a degree in education, and consider it is my mission to provide students with a vibrant and engaging environment in which to explore music and the interrelated arts. I have taught at research-intensive and performance-focused institutions in the UK, US, and Canada. My goal is to introduce students to a diverse range of composers, styles, genres, performers, and performance spaces in order to empower them with the knowledge necessary to make their own informed decisions about music. I am also passionate about helping students to explore digital tools to broaden their skillsets in music and the humanities more broadly. I often creates editions of music long since heard for performance and have worked with student ensembles to stage the modern premieres of such works in public concerts in the US, UK, and Germany. My edition of the melodrama Philon und Theone (1779) was recently used to stage its world premiere in Vienna (2021) as was planned, but never realized in the eighteenth century.

I completed my PhD at the University of Southampton in 2016, during which time I was a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2013-2014) and the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (2015). In 2016, I became the Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project 'Opera and the Musical Canon, 1750-1815' funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and hosted by Dalhousie University. I was Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music between 2018 and 2019, when I returned to the UK as a British Academy Newton International Fellow at Durham University.

Research interests

  • Music, Diplomacy, and Empire
  • Music Historiography
  • Media and Mobility
  • Music Theatre
  • Early Modern Cultural History
  • Digital Humanities

Dr Austin Glatthorn
Music Department
Building 2
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 37

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