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Professor of Music;, University of Oxford

Professor Peter Franklin took up the post of Reader in Music at Oxford in 1996, when he became the first Fellow in Music at St Catherine’s College. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 in music-related programmes and interval talks and has presented Radio 3′s ‘Composer of the Week’. His primary areas of research interest are Gustav Mahler and the post-romantic symphony, early twentieth-century Austrian and German opera (particularly Franz Schreker) and Hollywood film music (including the role of European emigré composers like Korngold and Steiner in the 1930s and ’40s). Books and examples of his more recent work are listed in Publications; his monograph on Hollywood film music, Seeing Through Music, was published in 2011 by OUP. In the Fall of 2010 he was Visiting Bloch Professor at the University of California in Berkeley and the lectures he gave there are due to be published in the spring of 2014 by University of California Press as Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of 19th-Century Music, The Wagner Journal, and the Journal of Film Music.


  • –present
    Professor of Music;, University of Oxford


  • 1974 
    University of York, DPhil


  • 2014
    Reclaiming Later-Romantic Music, Singing Devils and Distant Sounds, University of California Press
  • 2011
    Seeing Through Music. Gender and Modernism in Classic Hollywood Film Scores, OUP
  • 1997
    The Life of Mahler, CUP
  • 1991
    Mahler. Symphony No.3, CUP