David Brodbeck

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Professor of Music

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1984, Musicology

Phone: (949) 824-1054
Email: david.brodbeck@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3045 Contemporary Arts Center
Mail Code: 2775
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Central European music of the Long Nineteenth Century, Rock Music
Research Abstract
David Brodbeck's research focuses on Central European music of the 19th and early 20th centuries and Anglo-American popular music of the past fifty years.

He has published on a wide range of nineteenth-century topics, ranging from the dances of Schubert and the sacred vocal music of Mendelssohn to various aspects of Brahms’s music. Much of his work on Brahms, in particular, has explored connections between biography and analysis. His book on the composer’s First Symphony, for example, addresses issues of genesis, extra-compositional allusion, and autobiographical content, concerns that are central, too, to his published essays on Brahms’s youthful studies in counterpoint and later large-scale chamber works. His current research focuses on the intersection of music, politics, and constructions of social identity in the reception of new music in late Habsburg Vienna.
Selected Publications


Defining Deutschtum: Liberal Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Brahms: Symphony No. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Brahms Studies. Edited by David Brodbeck. 3 vols. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995–2001.

Critical Editions:

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Hymne, op. 96. Edited by David Brodbeck. Stuttgart: Carus-Verlag, 1998.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Psalmen, op. 78. Edited by David Brodbeck. Stuttgart: Carus-Verlag, 1998.

Articles in refereed books and journals:

"Heimat is Where the Heart Is; or, How Hungarian was Goldmark?" Austrian History Yearbook 47 (2017), 1–19.

“Two Brothers and a Queen: Behind the Scenes of Goldmark’s First Opera.” Musical Quarterly 97 (2014): 499–541.

“‘Poison-flaming Flowers from the Orient and Nightingales from Bayreuth’: On Hanslick’s Reception of the Music of Goldmark.” In Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression, edited by Nicole Grimes, Siobhán Donovan, and Wolfgang Marx, pp. 132–59. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2013.

“Ausgleichs-Abende: The First Viennese Performances of Smetana’s Bartered Bride.” Austrian Studies 17 (2009): 43–61.

“Hanslick’s Smetana and Hanslick’s Prague.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association 134 (2009): 1–36 (awarded the H. Colin Slim Award by the American Musicological Society).

“Dvorák’s Reception in Liberal Vienna: Language Ordinances, National Property, and the Rhetoric of Deutschtum.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 60 (2007): 71–131.

“On Some Enigmas Surrounding a Riddle Canon by Brahms.” Journal of Musicology 20 (2003): 73–103.

“Eine kleine Kirchenmusik: A New Canon, a Revised Cadence, and an Obscure ‘Coda’ by Mendelssohn.” Journal of Musicology 12 (1994): 179–205.

“Primo Schubert, Secondo Schumann: Brahms’s Four-Hand Waltzes, Op. 39.” Journal of Musicology 7 (1989): 58–80.

“Dissociation and Integration: The First Movement of Beethoven’s Opus 130” (with John Platoff). 19th-Century Music 7 (1983/84): 149–62.

Contributions to books:

“Music and the Marketplace: On the Backstory of Carlos Chávez’s Violin Concerto.” In Carlos Chávez and His World, edited by Leonora Saavedra, pp. 178–202. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

“The Symphony after Beethoven after Dahlhaus.” In The Cambridge Handbook to the Symphony, edited by Julian Horton, pp. 61–95. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

“Brahms, the Third Symphony, and the New German School.” In Brahms and His World, rev. ed., edited by Walter Frisch and Kevin Karnes, pp. 95–116. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

“Medium and Meaning: New Aspects of the Chamber Music.” In The Cambridge Companion to Brahms, edited by Michael Musgrave, pp. 98–132. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

“Brahms’s Mendelssohn.” In Brahms Studies, vol. 2, edited by David Brodbeck, pp. 209–31. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

“Brahms.” In The Nineteenth-Century Symphony, edited by D. Kern Holomon, pp. 224–72. New York: Schirmer Books, 1996.

“The Brahms-Joachim Counterpoint Exchange; or, Robert, Clara, and ‘the Best Harmony between Jos. and Joh..’” In Brahms Studies, vol. 1, edited by David Brodbeck, pp. 30–80. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

“A Winter of Discontent: Mendelssohn and the Berliner Domchor.” In Mendelssohn Studies, edited by R. Larry Todd, pp. 1–32. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

“Some Notes on an Anthem by Mendelssohn.” In Mendelssohn and His World, edited by R. Larry Todd, pp. 43–64. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

“Brahms’s Edition of Twenty Schubert Ländler: An Essay in Criticism.” In Brahms Studies: Analytical and Historical Perspectives, edited by George S. Bozarth, pp. 229–50. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

“Compatibility, Coherence, and Closure in Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes.” In Explorations in Music, the Arts, and Ideas: Essays in Honor of Leonard B. Meyer, edited by Eugene Narmour and Ruth A. Solie, pp. 411–37. Stuyvesant, N.Y.: Pendragon Press, 1988.

“Dance Music as High Art: Schubert’s Twelve Ländler, Op. 171 (D. 790).” In Schubert: Critical and Analytical Studies, edited by Walter Frisch, pp. 30–47. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.
He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society.
Professional Societies
American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
American Brahms Society
German Studies Association
Other Experience
Professor of Music
University of Pittsburgh 1999—2005

Associate Professor of Music
University of Pittsburgh 1993—1999

Assistant Professor of Music
University of Pittsburgh 1987—1993

Assistant Professor of Music
University Southern California 1984—1987

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