Music and the Middlebrow

International Conference


22 – 24 June 2017


University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway
1 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG


The conference is now fully booked. We apologize for any disappointment.

Keynote Speakers

Joan Rubin, the Dexter Perkins Professor in History at the University of Rochester, is the author, among other works, of The Making of Middlebrow Culture (1992), Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America (2007), and Cultural Considerations: Essays on Readers, Writers, and Musicians in Postwar America (2013). A Guggenheim Fellow, she is co-editor of The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America (2009), volume 5 of A History of the Book in America. She is Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester.

Richard Taruskin is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of California Berkeley. His scholarly work ranges from music of the fifteenth century, through issues of musical performance practice, to the relationship between music and politics in the twentieth century. His wide-ranging expertise is encapsulated in his six-volume Oxford History of Western Music (2005). Other seminal publications include: Text and Act (1995); Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions (1997); Defining Russia Musically (1997); and The Danger of Music, and Other Anti-Utopian Essays (2009). To the lay reader, he is known as a critic for New York Times and the New Republic.

Program Committee


This conference is made possible in part by support from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

We are also grateful for support from the Department of Music at the University of Bristol, the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Royal Musical Association and the ERC-funded Music in London, 1800—1851 project.