About Matthew Franke

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I am a musicologist working at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Before coming to Howard, I was a visiting professor at Roanoke College.

My education includes a Ph.D. (2014, advised by John L. Nadas) and an M.A. (2009, advised by Hana Vlhová-Woerner) in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound (2007, advised by Geoffrey Block).

My main research area is French and Italian opera in the long nineteenth century, particularly Massenet, Puccini, Mascagni, and Bizet. My doctoral dissertation analyzed Massenet’s reception in Milan from 1893 to 1903.

Other research interests include nationalist uses of American folk musics in the 1930s, sequences from the Abbey of St-Denis, and the music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

I have presented papers at the national meetings of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, the Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, and at international conferences in the United Kingdom and Italy. My article on “Massenet’s Italian Trip of 1894” was published in Massenet and Mediterranean World, ed. Simone Ciolfi. I have contributed to the New Grove Encyclopedia of American Music and have published work in Notes, Perspectives on Europe, the Indiana Theory Review, and MAKE Literary Magazine.

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