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Professor Cliff Eisen

Research interests

The bulk of my research centres on Mozart and music of the late eighteenth-century including history and biography, analysis, source studies, performance practice, Mozart's cultural context and Mozart historiography. The theoretical heart of much of this research is biography broadly understood, the idea that no matter how divorced we may think we are from biography, it is the narratives we construct of composers' lives that motivate, both historically and in the present, the ways in which we read Mozart's music and the analytical methods we have constructed to understand his works. The practical consequences of this theoretical stance is to increase the number of different and new ways in which we can understand the composer. Beyond Mozart, though, my research also includes Broadway musicals of the period 1930-1960 - again with an emphasis on holisitic readings based on sources, documents, history, cultural context and analysis - as well as 20th-century American song (Porter, Gershwin, Styne, Arlen and others) and popular music of the 1960s.

Editorial activity

Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press) Steglein Publications (series editor: The String Quartet (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editorial board member)

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The Classical String Quartet (series editor, Steglein Publications) (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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Cambridge Opera Series, Cambridge University Press (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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Participation in conference

The Tyranny of Biography', Italian Mozart Ways Conference, Milan

Cliff Eisen (Keynote/plenary speaker)

2007 → …

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Future directions for Mozart within and without academia , International Mozart Colloquium, Milan, Italy,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

2007 → …

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Mozart and Biography', International Mozart Symposium, Tokyo

Cliff Eisen (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Dec 2006 → …

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Mozart Biography , International Mozart Symposium, Hakodate, Japan,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

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Mozart Biography , International Mozart Symposium, Tokyo, Japan,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

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Mozart's Leap in the Dark, Seoul, South Korea

Cliff Eisen (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Nov 2006 → …

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Mozart's Requiem, International Mozart Symposium, Seoul, South Korea,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

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Mozart, Haydn and the Eighteenth-Century Quartet', ProQuartet workshop, Paris

Cliff Eisen (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Mar 2006 → …

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Mozart and the Tyranny of Biography, Dublin Mozart conference, Dublin (keynote address)

Cliff Eisen (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Feb 2006 → …

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How do you like your Mozart? , National Sound Archive lecture (Saul Seminar), The British Library, London,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

Feb 2006 → …

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Mozart 2006: then and now', The British Library, London,

Cliff Eisen (Organiser)

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My Mozart , British Academy,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

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Problems in the theory and practice of biography: the case of W. A. Mozart , Graduate Center, City University of New York,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

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Mozart plays Haydn , Salzburg conference Der junge Mozart, Salzburg,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

Dec 2005 → …

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Mozart and Eighteenth-Century Performance Practice , Royal Academy of Music, London,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

2005 → …

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Who's Sorry Now? Making Meaning of Miss Otis Regrets, British Library, National Sound Archive,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

Feb 2004 → …

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Music & Death in the Eighteenth Century, King's College London,

Cliff Eisen (Organiser)

Feb 2003 → …

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Mozart's leap in the dark, Cornell University,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

Feb 2002 → …

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Late Eighteenth-Century Music, King's College London,

Cliff Eisen (Organiser)

Dec 2001 → …

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Musical Biography, King's College London, (Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association)

Cliff Eisen (Organiser)

Nov 2001 → …

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Performance practice and sources: the late 18th-century , Royal Academy of Music (London),

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

Nov 2001 → …

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Mozart's leap in the dark, University of Bristol

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

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Mozart's leap in the dark, University of Cambridge,

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Not) Performing Mozart , University of Southampton,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

Feb 2001 → …

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Mozart's leap in the dark, York University (Toronto), 5 April 2002,

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

2001 → …

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Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Mozart: 1785-1786

Cliff Eisen (Reviewer)

14 May 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Mozart's Late Style

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

19 Feb 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Mozart 1769

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

29 Jan 2019

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Mozart in London

Cliff Eisen (Speaker)

18 Nov 2016

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Mozart's Magic Flute

Cliff Eisen (Interviewee)

30 Mar 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito, BBC Radio 3

Cliff Eisen (Interviewee)

29 Jan 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

‘Mozart’s “Haydn” Quartets (part II)

Cliff Eisen (Interviewee)

16 Jan 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

‘Mozart’s “Haydn” Quartets (part I)

Cliff Eisen (Interviewee)

12 Jan 2017

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‘Mozart 225: CD Review’

Cliff Eisen (Interviewee)

5 Nov 2016

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Publication peer-review

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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MUSIC AND LETTERS (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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Musicology Australia (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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Ashgate (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

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Boydell and Brewer (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

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Schirmer Books (Journal)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

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Cornell University Press (Publisher)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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the University of California Press (Publisher)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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P. Bien, Nikos Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit, vol. 2, a 1400-page typescript for Princeton University Press (Publisher)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

2001 → …

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the following publishers: Duckworth, Cambridge University Press and the following journals (Publisher)

Cliff Eisen (Editor)

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Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Akademie für Mozartforschung (Salzburg)

Cliff Eisen (Member)

2001 → …

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Royal Musical Association

Cliff Eisen (Member)

2001 → …

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Centre for Eighteenth-Century Music (Wellington, New Zealand)

Cliff Eisen (Member)

2001 → …

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