Matthew Werley, BSc, BMus, MM, DPhil (Oxon), currently a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Fellow at the Richard-Strauss-Institut (Bavaria) and adjunct faculty at the TU Dresden, is a musicologist whose work focuses primarily on opera and dance studies, with a particular interest in the genres' connections to political history and literary culture. His research is broadly concerned with questions regarding the cultural and aesthetic history of music between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, especially historicism. Publications have appeared in various academic journals, books and dictionaries (including the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Dance Resarch). He has also presented talks in English and German on a broad range of subjects at conferences and universities throughout Europe, North America and Australia.
Following two undergraduate degrees (music and theology) and a master's degree in musicology in America, Matthew Werley received his doctorate in musicology at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) and spent a year as a DAAD Research Fellow at the Richard-Strauss-Institut in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and again in the summer of 2014. From 2009 to 2015, Matthew taught undergraduates and postgraduates in music history, theory and analysis at the Universities of East Anglia (Norwich) and Cambridge.
Past and current research projects include a new critical edition and translation of the correspondence between Strauss and Stefan Zweig (1931-6), and a monograph on Richard Strauss and the rise of historicism in German opera after Wagner. Other projects include a large-scale reception study of the French gavotte in Imperial Germany, and a study of the musical collaborations of Grete Wiesenthal (1885-1970), a highly celebrated modernist dancer active in Vienna in the years surrounding the First World War.
Matthew has written programme notes and delivered pre-performance lectures for Glyndebourne Opera, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatstheater Nürnberg, La Monnaie (National Opera of Belgium), and various institutions and ensembles in America.
Trained as a professional percussionist, Matthew is also an enthusiastic choral singer and occasional pianist/organist/conductor. He remains an active member of the American Musicological Society and the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musikwissenschaft.
Further information about his teaching philosophy and classroom experience can be found here.
[updated September 2016]