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Stephen Rumph

Chair, Music History, Adelaide D. Cole Endowed Professor
Stephen Rumph, Music History chair

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Ph.D., Music history, University of California Berkeley, 1997
M.A., Music history, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
B.Mus., Voice, Oberlin Conservatory, 1987

Stephen Rumph teaches courses on eighteenth-century topics, opera, Bach, Wagner, and film music. After studying voice at Oberlin Conservatory, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, writing a Beethoven dissertation with Joseph Kerman. He joined the UW School of Music faculty in 2002.

He is the author of Beethoven After Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works (University of California Press, 2004), Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics (UC Press, 2011), and The Fauré Song Cycles: Poetry and Music, 1861-1921 (UC Press, 2020). He co-edited the Cambridge Fauré Studies with Carlo Caballero (2021) and is editing the Cambridge Companion to French Art Song.

Rumph has published articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Royal Music Association, Music and Letters, Musical Quarterly, Beethoven Forum, 19th-Century Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, and Journal of Musicology, and has essays in the Oxford Handbook of Topic TheoryCambridge Mozart Studies, and other collectionsHe served as Reviews Editor for Beethoven Forum, 2005-2008.

Rumph also sings professionally as a lyric tenor and has performed widely in opera, concert, and oratorio.


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