Monday 26 October 2009

Elaine Kelly

Elaine Kelly graduated with a BA in music from N.U.I. Maynooth and subsequently studied at Queen's University Belfast for a Masters in Twentieth-Century Music and then for a PhD, writing her dissertation on Brahms's involvement with the early-music revival. Her current research interests focus on musical thought and culture in the German Democratic Republic. In particular she is interested in the roles that historiography and canon formation played in shaping musical practices and aesthetics and is presently writing a book exploring the reception of romanticism in the state.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
'The individual and the romantic aesthetic: compositional engagement with romanticism in the GDR,’ Edinburgh German Yearbook Volume 3: Contested Legacies -- Constructions of Cultural Heritage in the GDR, ed. Matthew Philpotts and Sabine Rolle (forthcoming).

'Reading the Past in the German Democratic Republic: thoughts on writing histories of music,' Musikgeschichte schreiben im dritten Jahrtausend: DDR zum Beispiel, ed. Nina Noeske and Matthias Tischer (forthcoming).

'Imagining Richard Wagner: The Janus-Head of a Divided Nation,' Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 9.4 (2008): 799-829.
'Authenticity versus Evolution: Johannes Brahms and the controversies surrounding the early-music revival in 19th-century Germany,' 19th-Century Music, 30.2 (2006): 182-204.

'An Unexpected Champion of François Couperin: Johannes Brahms and the Pièces de Clavecin,' Music and Letters, 85.4 (2004): 576-601.

Recent Conference Papers:
'Der Regisseur als Zeitgenosse des Komponisten,' Oper mit Wissen und Leidenschaft, Dresden, January 2009.

'The English heroine versus the Celtic muse: perceptions of gender and nationalism in domestic music-making of the 19th century,' 19th-Century Musical Life: Structures and Processes -- 41st Baltic musicological conference, Tallinn, October 2008.

'Reviving the Romantics: the expressive function of romanticism in the German Democratic Republic of the 1970s,' Fifteenth International Conference on Ninteenth-Century Music, Dublin, June 2008.

'Reading the Past in the German Democratic Republic: thoughts on writing histories of music,' Reconsidering the Role of the Arts in the German Democratic Republic, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, October 2007.

'Ideology versus Pragmatism: The Politicization of the Nineteenth Century Musical Canon in the German Democratic Republic,' Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Los Angeles, November 2006.

'A Socialist Heritage? Reinterpreting the 19th-century canon in the German Democratic Republic,' Fourteenth International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Manchester, July 2006.

'Imagining the West: myth, the musical canon and identity formation in the GDR,' Imagining the West: Perceptions of the Western Other in Modern and Contemporary Eastern Europe and Turkey, University of Manchester, June 2006.
'Reshaping Cultural Memory: The Politicization of the Germanic musical canon in the German Democratic Republic.' Musical culture and memory, University of Arts in Belgrade, April 2006.

'Reviving the Past: Brahms's Performances of Baroque Music,' Thirteenth International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Durham, July 2004.

'Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel: A Statement of National Identity.' International Conference on Romanticism and Nationalism in Music, Ionian University, Corfu, October 2003. (Proceedings in press)

Photo: Elaine Kelly