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Dr Reuben Phillips

Non Stipendiary Lecturer in Music

I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Music and a Non-Stipendiary Lecturer at St Hugh’s College. My current research project considers the nineteenth-century music library as a place of creativity and ‘bookish’ forms of musical experience by providing a material history of the library belonging to the composer Johannes Brahms. Secondary research interests on which I have written articles include the writings of the Edinburgh-based music scholar Donald Francis Tovey, relationships between music and German Romantic literature, and the exhumation and reburial of composers in late nineteenth-century Vienna.

I was awarded a PhD from Princeton University in 2019 and hold undergraduate and master’s degrees from Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. My doctoral dissertation was awarded the Karl Geiringer Scholarship of the American Brahms Society and my research has subsequently been supported by grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung in Berlin, and an Edison Fellowship from the British Library. Before taking up my postdoctoral fellowship in Oxford I held a Library Fellowship at Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.


Rethinking Brahms, co-edited with Nicole Grimes (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Peer-reviewed articles

‘Handling Tovey’s Bach’, Music & Letters (forthcoming).

‘Between Hoffmann and Goethe: The Young Brahms as Reader’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association (forthcoming).

‘Exhumations, Honorary Graves, and the Fashioning of Vienna’s Self-Image as the “City of Music”’, Musical Quarterly 102 (2019): 303–49.

Non Stipendiary Lecturer in Music
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