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Steven M. Whiting

Professor of Musicology


Professor Steven Whiting taught at the University of Illinois, where he took his MM and PhD, before joining the University of Michigan faculty. Following his undergraduate education, he studied at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany, on a Fulbright study grant.

Whiting has published twenty articles and book chapters about Beethoven, Satie, French cabaret music, and E.T.A. Hoffmann, and has co-edited A. L. Ringer’s Musik als Geschichte. His book Satie the Bohemian: From Cabaret to Concert Hall (Oxford University Press, 1999) was recognized as an outstanding academic book by Choice.

A former director of the University’s Center for European Studies and associate director of its International Institute, Whiting served SMTD as associate dean for graduate studies from 2003 to 2014.


Selected Scholarly Publications

“Of Deserters and Orphans: Beethoven’s Early Exposure to the Opéras comiques of Monsigny.” In The New Beethoven: Evolution, Interpretation, People, edited by Jeremy Yudkin. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, in press.

“Beethoven Translating Shakespeare: Dramatic Models for the Slow Movement of the String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 71/3 (Fall 2018): 795–838.

“Before the Fever Burned: Beethoven and Grétry in Bonn.” In Beethoven und andere Hofmusiker seiner Generation: Bericht über den internationalen musikwissenschaftlichen Kongress Bonn, 3. bis 6. Dezember 2015, edited by Birgit Lodes, Elisabeth Reisinger, and John D. Wilson, 271–89. Bonn: Beethoven-Haus, 2018.

“Finally Finale, Finely: The Recycled Finale in Beethoven’s op. 47,” Journal for Musicological Research 32 (2013): 183–98.

“Beethovens Coriolan-Ouvertüre (nach Collin)” and “Die Egmont-Musik: Goethe nach dem Original.” In Beethovens Orchestermusik und Konzerte, edited by Oliver Korte and Albrecht Riethmüller,  449–77. Laaber: Laaber-Verlag, 2013.

“Serious Immobilities: Musings on Satie’s Vexations,Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 67/4 (2010): 310–17.

Satie the Bohemian: From Cabaret to Concert Hall (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999), 578 pp.

“From Signor Contino to Falstaff: Operatic Connotations in Beethoven’s Early Variations,” American Journal of Semiotics 13 (1996 [1998]): 147–63.

“Music on Montmartre.” In The Spirit of Montmartre: Cabarets, Humor, and the Avant-Garde, 1875–1905, edited by Phillip Dennis Cate and Mary Shaw, 159–97. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Erik Satie and Vincent Hyspa: Notes on a Collaboration.” Music & Letters 77 (1996): 64–91.

“‘Hört ihr wohl’: Zu Funktion und Programm von Beethovens Chorfantasie.” Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 45 (1988): 132–47.

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