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Dr Wiebke Thormahlen

Wiebke Thormählen joined the Royal College of Music in September 2013 as Area Leader in History.

Her research, previously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and The Austrian Academic Exchange Service, explores the formulation of music as a language of emotions and its particular role in educational theories and policies since the eighteenth century. Having worked on aesthetic and educational ideals in Viennese salons of the late 18th century during her PhD, she now focusses on Britain in the late Georgian period, exploring music in domestic settings with a particular focus on arrangements of large-scale works, and domestic devotional music. Her interest in music as a social activity extends outwards from the domestic to the development and meaning of amateur choral societies in England.

She has contributed articles and reviews to the Journal of Musicology, Eighteenth-Century Music, Early Music, Notes, Acta Mozartiana and Neues Musikwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch and is currently working on a book exploring the meaning of different forms of “musical engagements” in early 19th-century London.

Wiebke is a Co-Investigator on Music , Home and Heritage, Sounding the Domestic in Georgian Britain,  a three year AHRC -funded research project with the University of Southampton.

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Dr Wiebke Thormahlen

Area Leader in History