Bryan Gilliam

Bryan Gilliam

Professor Emeritus of Music

Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665

Ph.D., Harvard University. Author of books and articles on late 19th-and early 20th-century German music. Specialties include Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner, Kurt Weill, Erich Korngold, 19th and 20th-century German opera, fin-de-siècle Vienna, film music, German musical aesthetics.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1984
  • M.A., Harvard University 1978
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati 1975

Gilliam, B. Rounding Wagner's mountain: Richard Strauss and modern German opera. 2014, pp. 1–340. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511979699. Full Text

al, B. Gilliam et. Music, Image, Gesture. Edited by B. Gilliam, vol. 104, Duke University Press, 2005.

Gilliam, B. The Life of Richard Strauss, Cambridge Musical Lives. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

al, B. Gilliam et. Music and Performance during the Weimar Republic. Edited by B. Gilliam, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Gilliam, B. Richard Strauss: New Perspectives on the Composer and His Work. Edited by B. Gilliam, Duke University Press, 1992.

al, B. Gilliam et. Richard Strauss and His World. Edited by B. Gilliam, Princeton University Press, 1992.

Gilliam, B. Richard Strauss’s Elektra. Oxford University Press, 1991.

Gilliam, B. Richard Strauss’s ’Daphne’: Opera and Symphonic Continuity. Harvard Ph.D. Dissertation, 1984.

Gilliam, B. “Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, und Die Frau ohne Schatten.” Richard Strauss Handbuch, edited by W. Werbeck, Bärenreiter, 2014, pp. 75Completedpagesandinpress-75Completedpagesandinpress.

Gilliam, B. “In the Shadow of Bach: Lyonel Feininger as a Musician.” Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World, Yale, 2011.

Gilliam, B. “"The Hofmannsthal Operas".” Richard Strauss Companion, edited by Charles Youmans, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 119–35.

Gilliam, B. “"Strauss and the Sexual Body: The Aesthetics Humor, Philosophy, and Ego-Assertion".” Richard Strauss Companion, edited by Charles Youmans, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 269–79.

Gilliam, B. “The Strauss-Hofmannsthal operas.” The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, 2010, pp. 119–35. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CCOL9780521899307.008. Full Text

Gilliam, B. “"In the Shadow of Bach: Lyonel Feininger as Musician".” Lyonel Feininger: On the Edge of the World, edited by Barbara Haskell, Yale University Press, 2010.

Gilliam, B. “"Between Resignation and Hope: The Late Strauss".” Late Thoughts, edited by Thomas Crowe and Karen Painter, J. Paul Getty Institute, 2006, p. pp.167-80.

Gilliam, B. “" ’Ich bin ein anderer als ich war’: Ariadne auf Naxos - das Konzept der Verwandlung und die Ablehnung der griechischen Tragödie".” Richard Strauss: Der Griechischer Germane, edited by Ulrich Tadday, Munich: Boorberg Verlag, 2005, pp. 69–80.

Gilliam, B. “Introductory Essay.” The Richard Strauss Companion, edited by Mark-Daniel Schmid, Praeger, 2003.


Gilliam, Bryan. “Zoë Alexis Lang. The Legacy of Johann Strauss: Political Influence and Twentieth-Century Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. 248.Austrian History Yearbook, vol. 46, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Apr. 2015, pp. 434–36. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0067237814000551. Full Text

Gilliam, Bryan. “A House Divided.” Opera News, vol. 74, no. 11, May 2010, pp. 16–21.

Gilliam, B. "Don Quixote and the Cinematic Strauss". June 2005.

Gilliam, B. “Introduction.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 104, no. 1, Duke University Press, Jan. 2005, pp. 1–5. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00382876-104-1-1. Full Text

Gilliam, B. “Visual voice (Strauss's 'Salome').” Opera News, vol. 68, no. 9, Mar. 2004, pp. 23-+.

Gilliam, B. “Shadowland (The complex and symbolic world of Strauss's most challenging work, Die 'Frau ohne Schatten').” Opera News, vol. 66, no. 7, Jan. 2002, pp. 14–17.


Gilliam, B. “"Ariadne, Daphne, and the Problem of Transformation".” Cambridge Opera Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, 2003, pp. 67–81.

Selected Grants

International Conference on Richard Strauss awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1989 to 1990

International Conference on Richard Strauss awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 1989