R. Larry Todd

R. Larry Todd

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Music

External Address: 
081 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
(919) 660-3300


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1979
  • M.Phil., Yale University 1976
  • B.A., Yale University 1974

Todd, R. L., and Marc Moskovitz. Beethoven's Cello: Five Revolutionary Sonatas and Their World. Boydell Press, 2017.

Todd, R. L. Mendelssohn essays. 2013, pp. 1–340. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203940068. Full Text

Todd, R. L. Preface to the first edition. 2013, pp. vii–xii. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315024479. Full Text

Todd, R. L. Nineteenth-century piano music, Second edition. 2013, pp. 1–468. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315024479. Full Text

Todd, R. L. Preface to the second edition. 2013, p. xiv. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315024479. Full Text

Todd, R. L. Mendelssohn and His World. 2012, pp. 1–403.

Todd, R. L. Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn. 2011, pp. 1–454. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.001.0001. Full Text

Todd, R. Larry. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sein Leben, seine Musik. Carus-Verlag/Philipp Reclam, 2008.

RL Todd, R. L., editor. Nineteenth-Century Piano Music. Routledge, 2004, p. xvi+468pp.

Todd, R. L. Mendelssohn: A Life in Music. NY., Oxford University Press, 2003.


Todd, R. Larry. “"Mendelssohnian Allusions in the Early Piano Works of William Sterndale Bennett".” The Piano in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, edited by Therese Ellsworth and Susan Wollenberg, Ashgate, 2007, pp. 101–18.

Todd, R. Larry. “"Die Matthäus-Passion–Widerhall und Wirkung in Mendelssohns Musik".” Zu Groß, Zu Unerreichbar: Bach-Rezeption Im Zeitalter Mendelssohn Und Schumanns, edited by Anselm Hartinger et al., Breitkopf & Haetel, 2007, pp. 79–97.

Todd, R. “"Humboldt, Mendelssohn and Musical Unity".” Conference Proceedings of Alexander von Humboldt: From the Americas to the Cosmos, CUNY Graduate Center (Www.Humboldt/Conference.Org/), 2005, pp. 3–15.

Todd, R. L. “Mendelssohn entry.” The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, edited by J. R. Watson, Canterbury Press, 2005.

Todd, R. “"Nineteenth-Century Concertos for Strings and Winds".” Cambridge Companion to the Concerto, edited by Simon Keefe, Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 118–38.

Todd, R. L. “"Zu Mendelssohns ’Allegro brilliant’ op. 92: ein Duo für Clara Schumann".” Dem Stolz Und Der Zierde Unserer Stadt: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Und Leipzig, edited by William Seidel, 2004, pp. 249–60.

Todd, R. L. “"On Mendelssohn’s Sacred Music, Real and Imaginary".” Cambridge Mendelssohn Companion, edited by Peter Mercer-Taylor, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004, pp. 167–88.

Todd, R. L. “"Ein wenig still und scheu: Clara Wieck/Schumann as Colleague of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy".” Schumanniana Nova: Festschrift Gerd Nauhaus Zum 60. Geburtstag, edited by Bernhard R. Appel et al., Sinzig, Studio Verlag, 2002, pp. 767–84.

Todd, R. L. “"On Stylistic Affinities between the Music of Fanny Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy".” The Mendelssohns: Their Music in History, edited by J Michael Cooper, N. Y., Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 245–61.

Todd, R. L. “"Mendelssohn".” New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Ed, London: Macmillan, 2001, pp. 389–424.


Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Lieder ohne Worte. Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel, 2009.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Konzert in e-Moll für Klavier und Orchester. Bärenreiter Verlag, 2008.

Mendelssohn Bartholldy, F. Konzert in e-Moll für Violine und Orchester, Op. 64, first and second versions. Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel, 2005.

Hensel, Fanny. Piano Music. Dover Publications, New York, 2004.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36. Carus Verlag, Stuttgart, 1997.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Lauda Sion, Op. 73. Carus Verlag, Stuttgart, 1996.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Elias (Elijah), Op. 70. Carus Verlag, Stuttgart, 1995.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Psalm 115, Op. 31. Carus Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Christus, Op. 97. Carus Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Psalm 95, Op. 46. Carus Verlag, Stuttgart, 1990.


Todd, R. Larry. “Leipzig after Bach: Church & Concert Life in a German City.” Bach, vol. 50, no. 2, 2019, pp. 308–13.

Todd, R. L. “Introduction.” Nineteenth Century Music Review, vol. 15, no. 3, Dec. 2018, pp. 325–28. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1479409818000320. Full Text

Todd, R. L. “Late Brahms, Ancient Modes.” Nineteenth Century Music Review, vol. 15, no. 3, Dec. 2018, pp. 421–42. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1479409818000319. Full Text

Todd, R. L. “Preface.” Mendelssohn and His World, vol. 9781400831623, Jan. 2012, pp. ix–xi. Scopus, doi:10.1515/9781400831623.ix. Full Text

Todd, R. L. “Fanny Hensel's Musik für die Toten der Cholera-Epidemie.” Dialogues and Extensions, American Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 2010.

Todd, R. Larry. “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Thematically Systematic List of Musical Works (MWV).” Nineteenth Century Music Review, vol. 7, no. 2, Nov. 2010, pp. 135–42.

Cooper, J. M., and R. L. Todd. “"With true esteem and friendship": The correspondence of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Louis Spohr.” Journal of Musicological Research, vol. 29, no. 2–3, Apr. 2010, pp. 171–259. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01411896.2010.482512. Full Text


TODD, R. L. “AN UNFINISHED PIANO CONCERTO BY MENDELSSOHN.” College Music Symposium, vol. 21, no. 2, 1981, pp. 169–70.

Beethoven Cello Sonata in A, Op. 69, mvts III-IV . Musician. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtVIzlDeuQ (2016)


Cellist Nancy Green and Pianist R. Larry Todd play Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69, III - IV: Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace (Recorded 2016)