Welcome to the website of Nicole Grimes. I am an Irish musicologist, and cultural historian based in Southern California where I am Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Irvine.

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My research is focused at the intersection between German music criticism, music analysis and music aesthetics from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. I am particularly fascinated by the intertextual relationship between music and philosophy, and music and literature. My monograph, Brahms’s Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in German Culture, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2018. This book explores the reciprocal relationship between Brahms’s music as it relates to loss and the German intellectual tradition. My other books include Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism and Expression (co-edited with Siobhán Donovan and Wolfgang Marx), and Mendelssohn Perspectives (co-edited with Angela R. Mace). I have also published articles and book chapters on Brahms, Schoenberg, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and on topics in music aesthetics in various peer-review journals including Music Analysis, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review. Forthcoming in 2018 are a number of book chapters on the music of Wolfgang Rihm, and on the contemporary Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy (in the Oxford Handbook on Spectral and Post-Spectral Music). I am currently engaged in writing a monograph on Brahms’s Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121.

Since 2015 I have been a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Music Analysis, and I have served on the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society since 2016. Before taking up my post at UCI, I held faculty positions at Royal Holloway, University of London, University College Dublin, and Keele University. From 2011–2014 I was a Marie Curie Fellow, funded by the European Commission, with joint affiliation at the University of California, Irvine and University College Dublin. My research has also been funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2007–2008) and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (University College Dublin, 2009–2010).

I was awarded a PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2008 for a dissertation “Brahms’s Critics: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Critical Reception of Johannes Brahms.”



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