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Bryan GilliamBryan Gilliam

Title: Professor of Music and Germanic Languages and Bass Fellow
Office Location: 067 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
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  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1984
  • M.A. Harvard University, 1978
  • B.A. University of Cincinnati, 1975
  • Honors in Music History 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, German opera, fin-de-siècle Vienna, film music, and American popular song.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Bryan Gilliam, Dean Patton, January 2014
  • Dean's letter for teaching excellence, Unknown, January, 2013
  • Invited to give Keynote Address at Oxford University, June, 2007
  • ACLS Fellows (ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships and ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships), American Council of Learned Societies, January 2006
  • Stanford University Alexander Lecture, January, 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:


  • B. Gilliam. Rounding Wagner's Mountain: Richard Strauss and Modern German Opera.  Cambridge University Press, 2014 .  [abs]
    Articles in Books
  • B. Gilliam. "Strauss's Der Rosenkavaler, Ariadne auf Naxos, und Die Frau ohne Schatten." Richard Strauss Handbuch. Edited by Walter Werbeck. B√§renreieter 2014: 75 pages in press.
  • B. Gilliam. Rhetoric and the Human Condition in Mozart's Last Three Symphonies. August, 2013 . (Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival)
  • B. Gilliam. The Problem of Trauma and Memory in Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Die Aegytische Helena. 2013 . (Stanford Conference on Freud after Wagner January 2013)
  • B. Gilliam. Erinnerung und Trauma in Ariadne auf Nazos. 2013 . (100 Jahre Ariadne auf Naxos in Stuttgart October 2013)

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