Dr James Garratt

Senior Lecturer

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Dr James Garratt is Senior Lecturer in Music and University Organist. He currently serves as Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Music. His 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.

James's 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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  • Music and its Contexts (1st year): Liszt and the New German School
  • Music, Culture and Politics (2nd year)
  • Wagner in European Thought and Culture (3rd Year)
  • Aesthetics (3rd Year)
  • Advanced Music Studies (Masters)


  • Music and its Contexts (1st year): Rossini's Guillaume Tell and French grand opera; Bach's Brandenburg Concertos; Bach's Passions; Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli
  • Opera and European Culture, 1789-1914 (2nd year)
  • Bach and his Contemporaries (2nd year)
  • Wagner's Ring (3rd year)
  • Performance Practice (3rd year)
  • Film music (3rd year)
  • Current Issues in Musicology (Masters)


Prospective masters and doctoral students are very welcome to get in touch! My email address is James.E.Garratt@manchester.ac.uk

My recent masters students have specialized in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Music and symbolism in fin de siecle French aesthetics
  • British music of the First World War
  • Elgar's secular oratorios
  • Spohr's chamber music
  • Music, landscape and memory in 19th-century music
  • The representation of communities in Parsifal and Moses und Aron

I have also supervised one PhD, successfully completed in 2008:

Sinead Dempsey, 'Aesthetic and Ideological Trends in the Reception of Mendelssohn's Music in Nineteenth-Century Germany'




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