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Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley

About this Artist

Lorraine Byrne Bodley is Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Director of Research at Maynooth University. She holds a PhD in both Music and German from University College Dublin (2000). Dr Byrne Bodley is the first woman in Ireland to be conferred with a DMUS in Musicology, a higher doctorate on published work (NUI, 2012) and the second woman in Ireland to be awarded a DMUS (the first was Annie Patterson in 1889). Recent awards and fellowships include two DAAD Senior Academic Awards (2010 and 2014); a Gerda-Henkel Foundation Scholarship (2014); two Visiting Professorships at the University of Leipzig (2010) and at the Schubert-Archiv, University of Tübingen (2014). In 2015 she was elected President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and Member of The Royal Irish Academy.

Dr Byrne Bodley is known internationally for her work on Schubert, on Goethe and Music, and on German Song, on all of which she has published prolifically and lectured internationally (in German and in English) in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, Tokyo, Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. She has chaired and organised seven international conferences including Schubert and Concepts of Late Style (2011) at Maynooth University, which opened up a world-wide discussion on the topic.

That Dr Byrne Bodley has published 14 books in 14 years is rich confirmation of her ability to pursue vigorously a highly-focused interdisciplinary research program while being a committed and innovative teacher. She has published 3 monographs and edited 11 volumes (6 volumes of essays and 5 music scores for performance which have received world premieres). She has also written 40 book article and book chapters for essay collections with Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and such scholarly journals as Music and Letters; Publications of the English Goethe Society; Schubert-Jahrbuch; Goethe-Yearbook; Oxford German Studies; German Quarterly; 19th Century Music Review; Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.

Her monographs include Schubert’s Goethe Settings (2003) and Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues (Ashgate, 2009) which was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 2010 by Choice and has been widely acclaimed as an ‘excellent translation’ and ‘a major contribution’ to musicology and Goethean studies (Music and Letters, The Schubertian, Choice, Modern Language Review). Her most recent books are Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Rethinking Schubert (Oxford University Press, 2016), both co-edited with Julian Horton; a special Schubert edition of Nineteenth Century Music Review published by Cambridge University Press and co-edited with James William Sobaskie, and a volume of essays on Music in Goethe’s Faust: Goethe’s Faust in Music (Boydell and Brewer, 2017). She is currently writing a new biography of Schubert commissioned by Yale University Press.