Matthew Laube is a Wiener-Anspach Research Fellow, based jointly at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge and at the Université libre de Bruxelles. His postdoctoral research examines the place of music in the religious and political upheavals of the early modern Low Countries, and explores the ways in which music both enabled the creation of confessional identity and related to shifting senses of territory.
Matthew studied music and German in the United States before completing his MMus and PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Completed in late 2014, his dissertation explored music and confession in sixteenth-century Heidelberg. In 2011/12, he held a doctoral research fellowship at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 2013, he was a co-convener of ‘Renaissance Art & Music: the Space Between’, a year-long AHRC-funded collaborative training project between Royal Holloway and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Before joining the Faculty in Cambridge, Matthew worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at The British Library and was a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway.
Departments and Institutes
‘“The Harmony of One Choir”? Music and Social Identity in Reformation Heidelberg’, Past & Present. (Accepted for publication)
‘Confessional Networks, Cultural Exchange and the Printed Music of Jerome Commelin (c.1550–1597)’, in International Exchange in the Early Modern Book World, edited by Matthew McLean and Sara Barker (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 259–281.
Review of Alexander J. Fisher, Music, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscape of Counter-Reformation Bavaria (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014): for Early Music 43 (2015): forthcoming.
Review of Arne Spohr, ‘How chances it they travel?’: englische Musiker in Dänemark und Norddeutschland 1579–1630 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009): for Early Music 40 (2012): 122–123.