Prof James Garratt

Professor of Music History and Aesthetics

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James Garratt is Professor of Music History and Aesthetics at the University of Manchester, where he also holds the position of University Organist. He currently serves as Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Music.

James's research and teaching centre on German music, thought and culture in the long 19th century; aesthetic theory and the history of music aesthetics; and music, politics and political theory. His publications include three books:

Music and Politics: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Music, Culture and Social Reform in the Age of Wagner (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Palestrina and the German Romantic Imagination: Interpreting Historicism in Nineteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

He is currently completing a further book for CUP on Music, Aesthetics and Values. Other current projects include two monographs: one on Music Beyond Art: Aesthetic Revisionism in German Musical Discourse; and one on Music, Religion and Ideology in Imperial Germany.


  • MA  University of Oxford
  • PhD  Cardiff University
  • ARCM  Royal College of Music
  • FHEA  Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Royal Musical Association, International Musicological Society
  • Peer Review College Member, Arts and Humanities Research Council

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