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R. Larry ToddR. Larry Todd

Title: Arts & Sciences Professor of Music
Office Location: 081 Mary Duke Biddle
Office Phone: +1 919 660 3326
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Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. or by appointment.


  • PhD Yale University, 1979
  • MPhil Yale University, 1977
  • BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Yale College, 1974

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Nicholas Slonimsky Award, 43rd Annual ASCAP, Deems Taylor Awards, New York, November, 2011
  • Deutscher Musikeditionspreis for Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy: Sein Leben, seine Musik, 2008
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, New York, September, 2007
  • National Humanities Center Fellowship, National Humanities Center, September, 2007
  • ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award, December 2006
  • Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, Duke University, December 2005
  • Fellow, John Hope Franklin Center, 2004 - 2005
  • Best Biography of 2003 for Mendelssohn: A Life in Music, Association of American Publishers, 2003
  • Deutscher Musikeditionspreis for Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy, Elijah, Stuttgart, Carus Verlag, 1995, November, 1995
  • ACLS Travel Grant, July, 1988
  • Subvention from the American Musicological Society Publications Committee for Mendelssohn-Schumann Essays, Duke University Press, 1984, 1984
  • NEH Grant, International Mendelssohn-Schumann Conference, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, November, 1982
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1981-1982
  • Cincinnati Country Day School Alumnus of the Year Award, November, 1980
  • Martha Baird Rockefeller Fellowship, November, 1977

Teaching (Spring 2015):

  • Music 257.01, Music history iii: after 1800 Synopsis
    Biddle 101, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • Music 560.01, Tonal analysis Synopsis
    Biddle 069, Th 03:05 PM-05:55 PM
  • Ls 770.81, Selected topics Synopsis
    Biddle 104, W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Recent Professional Work:


  • R. Todd. "Fanny Hensel's Musik für die Toten der Cholera-Epidemie." Dialogues and Extensions, American Symphony Orchestra  (November, 2010).  [author's comments]
  • with John Michael Cooper. ""'With True Esteem and Friendship': The Correspondence of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Louis Spohr"." Journal of Musicological Research 29.2-3 (2010): 171-259.  [author's comments]
  • R. Todd, 6 short articles for Classic FM Magazine.   (April, 2011).
  • R. Larry Todd, Mendelssohn, Briefe, 2 vols. (Kassel, Bärenreiter) and Ralf Wehner, Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy: Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke (Leipzig, Brietkopf & Härtel). 19th Century Music Reivew 7:2 (2011): 135-42.
  • Nancy Green, cello; R. Larry Todd, piano. Felix Mendelssohn: The Complete Works for Cello & Piano and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Fantasia in G minor.  JRI Recordings, 2013 . (a CD-book, with my liner notes in English and German and extensive color illustrations)


  • Curatorship of The Other Mendelssohn: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Juilliard School of Music, New York, September 30, 2010 - October 2, 2010
    A series of three concerts devoted to the music of Fanny Hensel, performed by Juilliard DMA students, for which I gave pre-concert talks, wrote an introduction for the program booklet, and coached performers. The concerts included performances of the String Quartet, Piano Trio, piano cycle Das Jahr (with slides of Wilhelm Hensel's vignettes for the months of the year), other solo piano works and duets, solo Lieder and duets, and a cappella trios and part songs.

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