Dr Reuben Phillips

Library Fellow
Reuben Phillips

Dr Reuben Phillips

September - December 2020



Reuben Phillips is a musicologist whose work focuses on Austro-German music and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His doctoral dissertation (Princeton University, 2019) examined the composer Johannes Brahms’s engagement with German Romantic literature in the 1850s and ‘60s and was supported by a research grant from the DAAD and awarded the Karl Geiringer Scholarship of the American Brahms Society. He has interests in the history of music theory, particularly Schenkerian analysis, and has also undertaken a research project on the exhumation and reburial of composers in late nineteenth-century Vienna. With Nicole Grimes (University of California, Irvine) he is currently editing a collection of essays that will be published by Oxford University Press under the title Rethinking Brahms.

Since completing his graduate studies Reuben has been the recipient of an Edison Fellowship from the British Library and of short research fellowships from the DAAD and the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung in Berlin. In January 2021 he will take up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford.


Peer-reviewed articles

‘Between Hoffmann and Goethe: The Young Brahms as Reader’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association (forthcoming).

‘Exhumations, Honorary Graves, and the Fashioning of Vienna’s Self-Image as the “City of Music”’, The Musical Quarterly, 102 (2019), 303–49.

Book reviews and conference reports

Brahms’ Schubert-Rezeption im Wiener Kontext edited by Otto Biba, Gernot Gruber, Katharina Loose-Einfalt and Siegfried Oechsle’, Music & Letters, 100 (2019), 562–5.

 ‘Johannes Brahms: Die Lieder. Ein musikalischer Werkführer by Matthias Schmidt’, Music & Letters, 98 (2017), 143–4.

Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance edited by Katy Hamilton and Natasha Loges’, Book Review, Notes, 73 (2016) 94–8.

Brahms Among Friends: Listening, Performance, and the Rhetoric of Allusion by Paul Berry’, Notes, 72 (2016) 556–8.

‘Performing Brahms in the 21st century’, Early Music, 43 (2015) 721–2.

Project at IASH

‘Reading Music: A Social History of the Miniature Score, 1875-1925’