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Philip RupprechtPhilip Rupprecht

Title: Associate Professor (Music Theory and Musicology)
Office Location: 070 Mary Duke Biddle
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T, Th, 4:30-5:30, or by appointment


  • Ph.D., Music Yale University, 1993
  • M. Phil., Music Yale University, 1991
  • B.A. (Hons.), Music, Cambridge University, 1988

Research Interests

Philip Rupprecht specializes in music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His recent writings engage concepts of narrative in opera, the circulation of stereotypes in the formation of national traditions in music, and agency effects in instrumental music. He is the author of "British Musical Modernism: the Manchester Group and their Contemporaries" (Cambridge, 2015) and "Britten's Musical Language" (Cambridge, 2002). He co-edited "Tonality 1900-1950" (2012); and edited "Rethinking Britten" (2013).

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2013-14
  • Society for Music Theory, 2012 Program Committee member, 2011-2012
  • "Tonality 1900-1950: Concept and Practice," International Conference, National Endowment for the Humanities collaborative grant, October, 2010
  • Duke/UNC Exchange Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 2008
  • William J. Bouwsma Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2005-06
  • Publication Subvention for the book Britten’s Musical Language (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Society for Music Theory, Fall 2001
  • Faculty Fellow, Ethyl R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Brooklyn College, 1997-98

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Music 461.001, Theor/prac tonal mus iii Synopsis
    Biddle 102, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Recent Professional Work:


  •  British Musical Modernism: The Manchester Group and their Contemporaries.  Cambridge University Press, 2015 .  [abs]
    Articles in Books
  • "Mechanical Song: Birtwistle's Rhythmic Imagination." Harrison Birtwistle Studies. Edited by David Beard, Kenneth Gloag and Nicholas Jones. Cambridge Univ. Press 2015.
  • "Introduction: Britten’s Music and Its Audiences." Rethinking Britten. Edited by Philip Rupprecht. Oxford University Press 2013: xv-xxxi.
  • "Agency Effects in the Instrumental Drama of Musgrave and Birtwistle." Music and Narrative Since 1900. Edited by Michael L. Klein and Nicholas Reyland. Indiana University Press, 2013: 189-215.
  • "Britten and the Avant-Garde in the 1950s." Rethinking Britten. Edited by Philip Rupprecht. Oxford University Press 2013: 131-55.

   Other Activities:

  • A Conversation With Peter Westergaard, 18 Feb. 2012

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