Nicole Grimes, Associate Professor of Music (joint appointment in European Languages and Studies), PhD in Historical Musicology, Trinity College Dublin.
Nicole Grimes’s research is focused at the intersection between German music criticism, music analysis and music aesthetics from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. She is fascinated by the interdisciplinary relationship between music and philosophy, and music and literature. Her monograph, Brahms’s Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in Nineteenth-Century German Culture explores the reciprocal relationship between Brahms’s music as it relates to loss and the German intellectual tradition. Her other books include Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism and Expression (co-edited with Siobhán Donovan and Wolfgang Marx), and Mendelssohn Perspectives (co-edited with Angela R. Mace). She has published articles and book chapters on Brahms, Schoenberg, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wolfgang Rihm and on topics in music aesthetics in various peer-review journals including Music Analysis, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review.
Since 2015 Grimes has been a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Music Analysis. She is the Vice-President of the American Brahms Society, having served on that society’s Board of Directors since 2016. Before taking up her post at UCI, she held faculty positions at Royal Holloway, University of London, University College Dublin, and Keele University. From 2011–2014 she was a Marie Curie Fellow, funded by the European Commission, with joint affiliation at the University of California, Irvine and University College Dublin. Her research has also been funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2007–2008) and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (University College Dublin, 2009–2010).
Grimes studied historical musicology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich. She was awarded a PhD at TCD in 2008 for her dissertation “Brahms’s Critics: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Critical Reception of Johannes Brahms.” She has served as the chair of the organizing committee for the three international conferences, including:
- “The Intellectual Worlds of Johannes Brahms,” UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts on 1–3 February 2019;
- “Music, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School,” University College Dublin, 2–4 July 2014;
- “Eduard Hanslick: Aesthetic, Critical, and Cultural Contexts,” University College Dublin, 24–25 June 2009.
Teaching interests: music history and music analysis in the Austro-German sphere from the late eighteenth century to the present, music and philosophy, aesthetics, critical theory, music and literature
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