Peter Franklin

BA DPhil York, MA Oxf


I teach 19th- and 20th-century music history topics, concentrating on opera (eg. Wagner), the symphony (particularly Mahler) and Hollywood film music

About me

I studied at York and taught at Leeds University and in the USA before coming to Oxford as the first Fellow in Music at St Catz in 1996. Publications include the books Mahler Symphony no.3 (1991), The Life of Mahler (1997) and Seeing Through Music: Gender and Modernism in Classic Hollywood Film Scores (2011). In 2010 I was visiting Bloch Professor of Music at the University of Berkeley, California; the six lectures I gave there will be published by University of California Press in 2014 as Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds.


Connections between the late 19th-century symphony, post-Wagnerian opera and film in the light of debates about mass culture.

Graduate supervision

I have supervised graduate students working on a wide range of topics, including Mahler, early-20th-century European opera and musical culture and on computer and video-game music.