Matthew Head
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Research interests

Dr. Matthew Head researches music of the German-speaking 18th century in its aesthetic and social contexts.  He is the author of two books that link musical practices, aesthetic discourse and the politics of both representation and participation: Orientalism, Masquerade and Mozart's Turkish Music (RMA/Ashgate, 2000) and Sovereign Feminine: Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany (California University Press, 2013).  His current project turns to the senes and affect, exploring keyboard music of the late 18th century through notions of 'touch', feeling and sensation.       

Research interests (short)

18th-century European music in social and aesthetic contexts.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Fantasy in the Instrumental Music of C. P. E. Bach, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Arts, The English Sonata, 1740-1770, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

3 Apr 2014 → …

Fellow, RSA Royal Society of Arts

30 Apr 2001 → …


  • PD Germanic languages
  • Music
  • M Music
  • Senses
  • Feeling


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