Professor Simon Keefe

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The University of Sheffield
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I took up the James Rossiter Hoyle Chair of Music in April 2008 and served as Head of Department until July 2015, having previously been Professor and Head of Music at City University London. Born in Leicester, I am a graduate of Cambridge, Boston and Columbia Universities (PhD 1997) and have held lectureships at Christ Church Oxford (1997-99) and at Queen's University, Belfast (1999-2003). In autumn 2016, I was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford.

My primary research and teaching area is late 18th-century music, especially Mozart, but I also have research and teaching interests in music reception and biography, 20th-century French popular song, Wagner, and the concerto genre. I have published eleven books as author or editor since 2001, including most recently a 220,000-word musical biography, Mozart in Vienna: the Final Decade (Cambridge University Press, 2017). My monograph Mozart’s Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion (Cambridge University Press, 2012) won the 2013 Marjorie Weston Emerson award from the Mozart Society of America for the best book or edition published in 2011 or 2012.

My 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. My 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 The 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, 2012).

In 2005, I was elected to life membership of the Salzburg-based Akademie für Mozart-Forschung of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum (as the only British member). I serve as the General Editor of the Royal Musical Association monographs series (published by Routledge), edited a Late Eighteenth-Century Composers series (Ashgate), and chair the Royal Musical Association Publications Committee; I am also on the editorial/advisory boards of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Routledge), Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge), Mozart-Jahrbuch (Bärenreiter), Humanities (Basel: MDPI Verein) and the RMA Research Chronicle (Routledge), and am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. In 2011, I ran eight study days at King’s Place, London as part of a year-long ‘Mozart Unwrapped’ series of events. My non-musical interests include football, golf, and tennis; I am a life-long (and long-suffering) fan of Aston Villa FC.

Research Interests

  • Mozart
  • Late 18th-Century Style and Aesthetics
  • Haydn, Beethoven
  • Reception History and Biography
  • 20th-Century French Song
  • The Concerto
  • Wagner

Current Projects

  • (Sole Editor) Mozart in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2018/2019)
  • ‘The Magic Flute in Music, Literature and the History of Ideas’, in Jessica Waldoff (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to ‘The Magic Flute’
  • (Book project, working title) Crossing Paths in the Long Nineteenth Century: Mozart and Haydn Reception, 1791-1914

Selected Publications

Mozart in Vienna: the Final Decade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. xxvii + 689pp.
(Sole Editor) Mozart Studies 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). xi + 258pp.
(Sole Editor) Mozart. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. xx + 565pp.
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 (paperback, 2014). 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. xi + 252pp.
(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.

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