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Bryan GilliamBryan Gilliam

Title: Professor Emeritus of Music and Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature and Bass Fellow
Office Location: 067 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3321
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  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1984
  • M.A. Harvard University, 1978
  • B.A. University of Cincinnati, 1975

Research Interests

Ph.D., Harvard University. Author of books and articles on late 19th-and early 20th-century German music. Specialties include Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner, Kurt Weill, Erich Korngold German opera, fin-de-siècle Vienna, film music, German musical aesthetics.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Dean's letter for teaching excellence, Unknown, January, 2013
  • Invited to give Keynote Address at Oxford University, June, 2007
  • Alexander Lecture Award, Stanford University, January 2006
  • Stanford University Alexander Lecture, January, 2006
  • ACLS Fellows (ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships and ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships), American Council of Learned Societies, 0 2006
  • American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 2006-2007
  • Bass Society of Fellows Award, September 2005
  • Frances Hill Fox Professorship in Humanities, September 2005
  • Kurt Weill Foundation Research Grant, 1992
  • Goethe Institut (Atlanta) Foundation Grant, March, 1990
  • Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Grant, September, 1990
  • Josiah Charles Trent Foundation Grant, February, 1990
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Conference Grant, September 1989
  • International Research Exchange (IREX) Travel Grant, 1989
  • Duke University Research Council Travel Grant, 1988
  • Duke University Research Council Grant, July 1987
  • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Music, 1987-1988
  • Colby College Humanites Research Award, December 1983
  • Wesley Wyman Research Award, 1982
  • Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Research Grant, January 1981
  • Wesley Wyman Research Award, May 1980
  • Harvard GSAS Scholarship, 1976 - 1981

Recent Professional Work:


  • Gilliam, B. Rounding Wagner's mountain: Richard Strauss and modern German opera.  Cambridge University Press, Spring, 2014 (1-340 pp.). [doi]  [abs]
  • B. Gilliam. "The Great War and Its Aftermath: Strauss's and Hofmannsthal's Third-Way Modernism." Modernism and Opera  (2016): In production.
  • Gilliam, B. Zoë Alexis Lang. The Legacy of Johann Strauss: Political Influence and Twentieth-Century Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. 248..  Cambridge University Press (CUP), April, 2015 (434-436 pp.). [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  • B. Gilliam. Richard Strauss und das Problem der Ehe. 2014 . (Leipzig Gewandhaus Conference on Richard Strauss)
  • B. Gilliam. Zur Strauss Rezeption in Amerika nach 1945. 2014 .  [abs]

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