David Gramit



David Gramit - Department of Music


Dr. David Gramit has taught musicology at the University of Alberta since 1991. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of music, especially in 19th century Austria and Germany and in early Edmonton. He was awarded the AMS-50 Dissertation Fellowship and the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society for his work on Schubert and his lieder, and he has held grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for his work on German musical culture and for his study of music in early Edmonton in the context of colonization and settlement history.

He is the author of Cultivating Music: The Aspirations, Interests and Limits of German Musical Culture, 1770-1848 (University of California Press, 2002), editor of Beyond The Art of Finger Dexterity: Reassessing Carl Czerny (University of Rochester Press, 2008) and has served as editor of the Journal of Musicological Research. Among his other publications are articles in journals including 19th Century MusicNineteenth-Century Music ReviewAmerican Music, Music and Letters, and the Musical Quarterly, and chapters in books including the Cambridge Companion to Schubert; the Cambridge Companion to the LiedThe Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914Musical Biography: Towards New Paradigms; andFranz Schubert and His World.

Current projects include a book on musical life in early Edmonton, and, as co-author with Professor Mary Ingraham, a book of source documents on the history of music in Canada.

Selected publications on Austrian and Central European topics:

Excerpts from Beyträge zur Bildung für Jünglinge, 1817-1818, by Anton von Spaun and Johann Mayrhofer. Translated, introduced and annotated by David Gramit. In Franz Schubert and His World, pp.39-65. Edited by Christopher H. Gibbs and Morten Solvik. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Editor, Beyond “The Art of Finger Dexterity”: Reassessing Carl Czerny, Eastman Studies in Music (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008).

“Orientalism and the Lied: Schubert’s ‘Du liebst mich nicht,’” 19th Century Music 27, no. 3 (Fall 2003): 97-115.

“Between Täuschung and Seligkeit: Situating Schubert’s Dances,”Musical Quarterly 84 (2000): 221-37.

“‘The Passion for Friendship’: Music, Cultivation, and Identity in Schubert's Circle,” in The Cambridge Companion to Schubert, ed. Christopher Gibbs (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 56-71.

“Lieder, Listeners, and Ideology: Schubert’s ‘Alinde’ and Opus 81,”Current Musicology 58 (1995): 28-60. Reprinted in Music/Ideology: Resisting the Aesthetic, ed. Adam Krims, Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture (Amsterdam: G & B Arts International, 1998), pp. 179-212.

“Schubert's Wanderers and the Autonomous Lied,” Journal of Musicological Research 14 (1995): 147-68.

“Constructing a Victorian Schubert: Music, Biography, and Cultural Values,” Nineteenth Century Music 17 (1993): 65-78.

“Schubert and the Biedermeier: The Aesthetics of Johann Mayrhofer'sHeliopolis,” Music and Letters 74 (1993): 355-82.