Music Lecture: Nicholas Mathew (UC-Berkeley)
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
"Haydn, Sympathetic Commerce, Resonant Ethics." Nicholas Mathew's work has mainly focused on the relationships between music and politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: the place of music in political institutions, the role of music in public life, and the ways in which music constructs collective identity - as well as issues of political appropriation, subversion, musical trashiness, and political kitsch. He is the author of "Political Beethoven" (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and editor, with Benjamin Walton, of "The Invention of Beethoven and Rossini: Historiography, Criticism, Analysis" (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Mathew holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford University, studying the piano concurrently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He holds a PhD from Cornell University, where he also studied period pianos with Malcolm Bilson. Before joining Berkeley, he returned to Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow in Music at Jesus College. For three years he was co-editor of the journal "Eighteenth-Century Music," and he remains on its editorial board, as well as the advisory board of "Eighteenth-Century Studies."