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First Edition – New Books seminar with Dr Austin Glatthorn (University of Southampton) Seminar

Music Theatre and the Holy Roman
16:00 - 17:00
8 March 2023
online event (Microsoft Teams)

Event details

The Music department at the University of Southampton invites you to join us for the next installment of our 'First Edition – New Books' seminars with Dr Austin Glatthorn. This public online event will take place on Microsoft Teams. If you are not a staff or student at University of Southampton and would like to attend, please contact Hettie Malcomson at

Music Theatre and the Holy Roman Empire: The German Musical Stage at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2022) 

Packed full of new archival evidence that reveals the interconnected world of music theatre during the 'Classical era', this interdisciplinary study investigates key locations, genres, music, and musicians. Austin Glatthorn explores the extent to which the Holy Roman Empire delineated and networked a cultural entity that found expression through music for the German stage. He maps an extensive network of Central European theatres; reconstructs the repertoire they shared; and explores how print media, personal correspondence, and their dissemination shaped and regulated this music. He then investigates the development of German melodrama and examines how articulations of the Holy Roman Empire on the musical stage expressed imperial belonging. Glatthorn engages with the most recent historical interpretations of the Holy Roman Empire and offers quantitative, empirical analysis of repertoire supported by conventional close readings to illustrate a shared culture of music theatre that transcended traditional boundaries in music scholarship.

Speaker information

Dr Austin Glatthorn,Austin Glatthorn is a cultural historian of music focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to the intersections of music, politics, mobility, and communication in Central Europe around the year 1800. He draws on a wealth of archival sources and digital tools to explore these topics in his first monograph, Music Theatre and the Holy Roman Empire: The German Musical Stage at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 2022). Austin’s research also appears in Journal of War & Culture Studies, Music & Letters, Journal of Musicology, Eighteenth-Century Music, and numerous book chapters. In 2021, his edition of Philon und Theone was used to stage the melodrama’s world premiere in Vienna as was planned, but never realised, in the eighteenth century. Funded by the British Academy, DAAD, Leibniz Institute of European History, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he was the recipient of the Mozart Society of America's Marjorie Weston Emerson Award, a winner of the Music & Letters Centenary Prize Competition, and elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2022. Now a Fellow of the Music Department at the University of Southampton, Austin is currently editing with Estelle Joubert (Dalhousie University) The Cambridge History of German Opera to the Early Nineteenth Century and serves as reviews editor for Eighteenth-Century Music.

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