Brahms’s Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in German Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

The research for this book was funded by an FP7 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship held jointly at the Department of Music, University of California, Irvine, and the School of Music, University College Dublin. The book deals with Brahms’s changing conceptions of death as manifest in a number of his choral and vocal works including Schicksalslied, Op. 54, Nänie Op. 82, Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89, and his final published composition, the Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121. It is concerned with the relationship between Brahms’s music and the German intellectual tradition, with a particular focus on the writings of Schiller, Hölderlin, Goethe, and Nietzsche. It draws on extensive archival research carried out in Brahms’s personal library, which is housed at both the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, and at the Brahms-Institut at the Musikhochschule, Lübeck. Parts of the book are already available as published articles, details of which are available here.




I am editor of Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression, with Siobhán Donovan and Wolfgang Marx.

Rethinking Hanslick has received a number of reviews in peer-review journals, as indicated below:

Dineen, Murray, Review of Rethinking Hanslick, in Choice 50/11 (August 2013).

Korstvedt, Benjamin, Review of Rethinking Hanslick, in German Studies Review 37/3 (October 2014): 661–663. German Studies Review

Lee, Ann, Review of Rethinking Hanslick, in Music Reference Services Quarterly (December 2013): 254–257.

Pritchard, Matthew, Review of Rethinking Hanslick, in Music & Letters 94/2 (November 2014): 349–352. Music & Letters

Wang, Yung-Hsiang, Review of Rethinking Hanslick, in Notes 71/2 (December 2014): 273–275. Notes

Whittall, Arnold, Review of Rethinking Hanslick, in the Musical Times 154/1924 (August 2013): 107–108. Musical Times


I have also edited Mendelssohn Perspectives with Angela R. Mace.

Mendelssohn Perspectives has been reviewed widely in peer-review journals, as indicated below:

Arfini, Maria Teresa, Review of Mendelssohn Perspectives, in Ad Parnassum: A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music 11/22 (October 2013): 179–182. Ad Parnassum

Pardee, Katharine, Review of Mendelssohn Perspectives, in Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies (2013): 146. Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies

Reichwald, Siegwart, Review of Mendelssohn Perspectives, in German Studies Review 37/3 (October 2014): 659–661. German Studies Review

Seaton, Douglass, Review of Mendelssohn Persepctives, in Nineteenth-Century Music Review 10/2 (December 2013): 327–332. Nineteenth-Century Music Review

Please click here for information on my peer-review articles, book chapters, and reviews. For details of guest lectures and conference presentations, please see here.