Prof James Garratt

Professor of Music History and Aesthetics

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Biography

James Garratt is Head of Music and Professor of Music History and Aesthetics at the University of Manchester, where he also holds the position of University Organist. His research and teaching centre on German music, thought and culture in the long nineteenth 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)

James is currently completing a further book for CUP on Music, Aesthetics and Values. He is also working on a series of comparative studies of music, painting and the aesthetics of truth in the nineteenth century. Other current projects include an exploration of the relationship between music, prefiguration and causation in contemporary political theory.

QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • 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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