Research & Writing

Research and Writing

Composer of the Week starting 6th March 2023

In the week beginning Monday 6th March 2023, Johanna Müller-Hermann was Composer of the Week on Radio 3. I was interviewed by Donald Macleod as part of each day’s programme. This was a fantastic chance to hear almost everything by Müller-Hermann that has so far been recorded.

The Other Voice: Women’s musical creativity in Alma Mahler’s Vienna

I’ve been commissioned by Equinox Publishing to write a book on women musicians in Vienna in the early 20th-century, which I plan to submit in 2025. The book looks at a variety of women musicians in Vienna, including composers like Johanna Müller-Hermann, performers like Marie Gutheil-Schoder (who premièred Schoenberg’s Erwartung) and writers like Elsa Bienefeld and investigates the links between them, and with their better-known male contemporaries.

SWAP’ra’s Forgotten Voices Festival (6th-13th March 2021)

The wonderful SWAP’ra (Supporting Women and Parents in Opera) are running an on-line festival of vocal music by women, Forgotten Voices with music by a huge range of exciting female composers. I’ve written a blog for them about Johanna Müller-Hermann, which you can see here: Johanna Müller-Hermann blog .

The Routledge Companion to Woman and Music Leadership

The Routledge Companion to Woman and Music Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond will be published in 2024. It includes my chapter on the Cuban-American conductor Odaline de la Martinez, who was the first woman to conduct a complete Prom. Since then, she has been a tireless champion of music by women, as well as contemporary composers in general, and the music of the Americas .

Forgotten Women Composers

In 2016 I was chosen for a joint BBC/AHRC project, as one of five academics, to help BBC Radio 3 in increasing the number of women composers they broadcast. The composer that I’m researching is Johanna Müller-Hermann, who lived and worked in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. There is an outline of her life and work here, and more information about Radio Three’s Forgotten Women Composers project here.

Research and Teaching

I gained my PhD from Sheffield University with a dissertation ‘The I of the Other: Opera, Gender and Autonomy in Vienna 1900-1918’ and a multi-media one-woman show The Vienna Show. Both the dissertation and the show explored the representation of women in opera in Vienna at this period and its relationship with the controversy surrounding the contemporary women’s movement.

Since 2012 I have been an Academic Professor at the Royal College of Music, lecturing on the History of Music and running a postgraduate course on Women in Music, as well as  supervising a number of undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Since gaining my PhD I have presented and performed at a number of conferences and for the Royal College of Music’s Grove Forum. My research interests include opera and vocal music in the 19th and 20th century, including work on opera’s social context and the relationship between text and music, women composers, and in particular the work of Johanna Müller-Hermann and Elizabeth Maconchy.

My full academic CV is here


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