Dissertations Presently Underway Treating the “Long” Eighteenth Century

Initially compiled by Karen Hiles, June 2008

To make changes or to add your dissertation to the list, please email Bethany Cencer at bcencer@gmail.com


James Arnold, “‘Putting thoughts into song’: Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry and the French Revolution on the operatic stage” (Birkbeck College, London University)

Roland Biener, “Die geistliche Werke Antonio Rosettis (um 1750 bis 1792)” (Technische Universität Dresden)

Peter Broadwell, “Swashbucklers on Stage: Musical Depictions of Pirates and Bandits in English Musical Theater, 1650–1820” (University of California Los Angeles)

Gergely Fazekas, “The Context and Reception of J. S. Bach’s Notion of Musical Form” (Liszt Academy Budapest)

Katsuaki Ichikawa, “Die Harmoniemusik am Hof von Oettingen-Wallerstein” (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Erin Jerome, “Disguise, Deception, and the Development of Haydn’s Dramatic Voice in the Comic Operas of 1766-1777” (Brandeis University)

Marius Schwemmer, “Familie, Leben und Werk von Joseph Willibald Michl—ein Komponist von vielem Kopfe” (Universität Würzburg)

Monica Steger, “Frohlocke, Darmstadt, sei erfreut:  Contextualizing the Aesthetics of Christoph Graupner’s Secular Cantatas” (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Amber Youell-Fingleton, “Italian Opera in Maria Theresia’s Vienna” (Columbia University)


Recently Completed Dissertations

Rebekah Ahrendt, “Politics, Pleasure, and the Propagation of French Opera outside of France, 1680–1715” (University of California Berkeley, 2011)

Ruta Bloomfield, “Bernard de Bury's Premier livre de pieces de clavecin: Critical Edition and Commentary” (Claremont Graduate University, 2008)

Evan Cortens, “The Sacred Cantatas of Christoph Graupner: Music at the Intersection of Opera and Theology” (Cornell University, 2014)

Ellen Exner, “The Forging of a Golden Era: King Frederick the Great and Music for Berlin, 1732–1756” (Harvard University, 2010)

Dianne Goldman, “The Matins Responsory at Mexico City Cathedral, 1575–1815” (Northwestern, 2014)

Karen Hiles, “Haydn’s Heroic Decades: Music, Politics, and War, 1791–1809” (Columbia University, 2009)

Keith Johnston, "È caso da intermedio! Comic Practice, Comic Style and the Early Intermezzo” (University of Toronto, 2011)

Estelle Joubert, “Opera, Politics and the Public Sphere in Enlightenment Germany” (University of Oxford, 2007)

Martin Küster, “Theoretical Approaches to Musical Prosody in the Eighteenth Century” (Cornell University, 2011)

Adeline Mueller, “Zauberkinder: Children and Childhood in Late Eighteenth-Century Singspiel and Lieder” (University of California Berkeley, 2011)

Mark Nabholz, “The Rescuer in Danger: A Scholarly Performance Edition of Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s Secular Cantata, Der Retter in Gefahr” (University of South Carolina, 2011)

Matthias Röder, “Music, Politics, and the Public Sphere in Late Eighteenth-Century Berlin” (Harvard University, 2009)

Beverly Wilcox, “The Music Libraries of the Concert Spirituel: Canons, Repertoires, and Bricolage in Eighteenth-Century Paris” (University of California Davis, 2014)


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