Nicholas Mathew

Research Expertise and Interest

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music in Europe and its colonies, music and politics, the political economy of sound media, pianos and pianism, music and materialism, Beethoven, Haydn, music in Vienna, London, aesthetics, piano performance, historical performance practices

Research Description

Nicholas Mathew's published work has mostly focused on music and politics, broadly understood: the place of music in political institutions, the role of music in public life, the relation of cultural production to economic structures, and the ways in which music produces social attachments and collective identity – as well as issues of political appropriation, subversion, musical trashiness, and political kitsch.  He is the author of the books Political Beethoven and The Haydn Economy.

Mathew sits on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Representations, as well as the boards of the Journal of Musicology and Eighteenth-Century Music.  Together with James Davies, he is founding editor of the book series New Material Histories of Music at the University of Chicago Press.

Mathew is also a pianist, responsible for the music department’s magnificent collection of nineteenth-century pianos.

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