Professor Simon Keefe
Department of Music
The University of Sheffield
34 Leavygreave Road
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0472
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0469
email : email@example.com
Simon Keefe took up the James Rossiter Hoyle Chair of Music (and the position as Head of Department) in April 2008, having previously been Professor and Head of Music at City University London. Born in Leicester, Simon is a graduate of Cambridge, Boston and Columbia Universities (PhD 1997) and has held lectureships at Christ Church Oxford (1997-99) and at Queen's University, Belfast (1999-2003).
Simon’s primary research area is late 18th-century music, especially Mozart, but he also has research interests in 20th-century French popular song, Wagner, and the concerto genre. He has published eight books as author or editor since 2001, including most recently The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and the monograph Mozart’s Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His article on Franz Süssmayr’s completion of Mozart’s Requiem in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (2008) was subsequently the subject of a 25-page Colloquy, the longest on a single article in the history of the world’s premier musicological journal. His work has been translated into Spanish in Quodlibet: Revista de especialización musical, 37 (2007), pp. 101–119 (translation of ‘The Concertos in Aesthetic and Stylistic Context’ from The Cambridge Companion to Mozart); into Portuguese in Diapason (Brazil) 1 (March 2006), pp. 44-7 (translation of ‘Requiem’ from Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia); and into German in Mozart-Studien (translation of a 9,000-word article on the history of performances of Mozart’s Requiem forthcoming from Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 2012).
In 2005, Simon was elected to life membership of the Salzburg-based Akademie für Mozart-Forschung of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum (as the only British member). He serves as the General Editor of the Royal Musical Association monographs series (published by Ashgate), is on the editorial/advisory boards of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Routledge), Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge), Mozart-Jahrbuch (Bärenreiter) and Humanities (Basel: MDPI Verein), and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. In 2011, he ran eight study days at King’s Place, London as part of a year-long ‘Mozart Unwrapped’ series of events. Non-musical interests include football, golf, and tennis; he is a life-long (and long-suffering) fan of Aston Villa FC.
- Late 18th-Century Style and Aesthetics
- Haydn, Beethoven
- Reception history
- 20th-Century French Song
- The Concerto
- Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791: a Musical Biography of a Performer-Composer (200,000-word monograph in progress)
- Mozart Studies 2 (100,000-word edited volume for Cambridge University Press)
Mozart’s Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xiii + 263pp.
(Sole Editor) The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xviii + 826pp.
`"We hardly knew what to pay attention to first": Mozart the Performer-Composer at Work on the Viennese Piano Concertos´, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 134/2 (2009), pp. 185-242.
`"Die Ochsen am Berge": Franz Xaver Süssmayr and the Orchestration of Mozart´s Requiem K. 626´, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 61 (2008), pp. 1-65.
Mozart´s Viennese Instrumental Music: A Study of Stylistic Re-Invention. Woodbridge and Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press, 2007, xii + 217pp.
(Sole Editor) Mozart Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
(Joint Editor with Cliff Eisen) The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, xxv + 662pp.
(Sole Editor) The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, xii + 309pp.
(Sole Editor) The Cambridge Companion to Mozart. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, xviii + 292pp.
`Sophisticated Simplicity: Text and Music in the Early Songs of Georges Brassens´, Tijdschrift voor Muziektheorie, 7/1 (2002), pp. 11-23.
Mozart's Piano Concertos: Dramatic Dialogue in the Age of Enlightenment. Woodbridge and Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press, 2001, x + 205pp.
(with Terry Keefe) `Sartre's Wagner´, The Musical Times, 137 (Dec. 1996), pp. 9-11.