Senior Lecturer in Music
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King's College London
Originally from Germany, Bettina was an undergraduate at King’s College London and gained her doctorate from Harvard University in 2006. She subsequently held a Fellowship by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford (2005-8) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2008-9). She joined the music department at King’s in 2009.
Music and culture in the early modern period
Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach in the twenty-first century
Bettina's research focuses primarily on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century musical culture as well as issues of reception and historiography. She is interested in issues of cultural exchange, music and religion, theories of listening and narratives of modernity and its origins. Her recent publications address aspects of music and rhetoric, J S Bach’s cantatas and his audiences, and the seventeenth-century historiography of ‘new’ music. A monograph on Heinrich Schütz, exploring his role in seventeenth-century musical culture and his twentieth-century reception, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2011.
Metaphors of Time and Modernity in Bach’, The Journal of Musicology 29/2 (2012), 154-190 Histories of Heinrich Schütz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
‘Echoes in und um Dafne’, Schütz-Jahrbuch 33 (2011), 105-118
‘Death and Life in Bach’s Cantata “Ich habe genung” (BWV 82)’, The Journal of the Royal Musical Association 135 (2010), 315-356
‘“Mutato semper habitu:” Heinrich Schütz and the Culture of Rhetoric’, Music & Letters 90 (2009), 215-239
‘One More Time: Bach and Seventeenth-Century Traditions of Rhetoric’, Eighteenth-Century Music 5 (2008), 179-208
‘“New Music” in the Seventeenth Century’, Gewinn und Verlust in der Musikgeschichte , ed. Andreas Haug and Andreas Dorschel (Vienna: Universal Edition, 2008), 212-231
‘Variatio und Amplificatio: Die rhetorischen Grundlagen der musikalischen Formbildung im 17. Jahrhundert’, Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie 3/3 (2007), http://www.gmth.de/zeitschrift/artikel/236.aspx
‘Weltfreude und Todesverklärung. Zu Bachs Kantate “Ich habe genug” (BWV 82)’, in Verwandlungsmusik. Über komponierte Transfigurationen, ed. Andreas Dorschel (Vienna, London, New York: Universal Edition, 2007), 52-75
‘Schütz’s Dafne and the German Operatic Imagination’, in Music, Theatre and Politics in Germany, 1850-1950, ed. Nikolaus Bacht (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), 117-138
Media and Engagement
Bettina teaches a wide range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including recently a music history survey 1630-1790 for first-year undergraduates, a second- and third year history module on the operas of Monteverdi, and a second-year analysis module that discusses works by Bach and Scarlatti as well as songs by Schubert and Schumann. For the MMus programme, she teaches a course on J S Bach and his twenty-first-century reception, as well as the module 'Issues in Historiography and Criticism', a general introduction to musicology and its debates.
As Director of the Institute of Advanced Musical Study , she also runs the weekly colloquia series in the department