Joanne Cormac is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow. She studied Music at the University of Nottingham (BA) and at the University of Birmingham (MMus and PhD). From 2013-15 she was a Lecturer in Music at Oxford Brookes University.
Joanne's research interests include 19th-century programme music, composer biography, 19th-century theatre (Weimar and London), and identity. She is particularly interested in the symphonic poems of Franz Liszt: the narrative and descriptive strategies employed, the ways in which they were influenced by Liszt's work in the theatre, and their position within the nineteenth-century symphonic tradition.
Her other main area of research focuses on identity and narrative in composer biography; interfaces between scholarly biography and biographical work from popular culture; and the influence of biography on composer reception.
Joanne's teaching interests include, romanticism, programme music, opera, popular theatre, and biography. She currently contributes to The Romantic Imagination (year 3) and Research Techniques (MA).
Joanne Cormac has two main areas of research interest. The first focuses on Liszt's work as Kapellmeister of the Weimar Court Theatre and its influence on the theatricality of his symphonic poems.… read more
Joanne Cormac has two main areas of research interest. The first focuses on Liszt's work as Kapellmeister of the Weimar Court Theatre and its influence on the theatricality of his symphonic poems. This was the topic of her recently completed monograph entitled Liszt and the Symphonic Poem, which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
Her other main area is the subject of her Leverhulme research project: Multimedia Composer Biography. During the course of the project she plans to unpick the biographical narratives that have informed musicological understandings of six 19th-century composers (Mendelssohn, Liszt, Schumann and Clara Schumann, Chopin and Berlioz) in "traditional" biographies, as well as in film biopics and radio programmes.