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Matthew Laube

Matthew Laube

Wiener-Anspach Research Fellow


Matthew Laube is a Wiener-Anspach Research Fellow on the project ‘Crossing Boundaries, Defining States: Confession, Music and Territoriality in the Southern Netherlands and the Principality of Liège (c.1500–1650)’, directed by Iain Fenlon and Marie-Alexis Colin and funded by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation. Matthew is 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. Awarded in 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

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Key Publications

‘Confessional Networks, Cultural Exchange and the Printed Music of Jerome Commelin (c.1550–1597)’, in International Exchange in the European Book World, edited by Matthew McLean and Sara Barker (Leiden: Brill), forthcoming.

Hymnis Germanicis Davidis, Lutheri et aliorum piorum virorum: Hymnbooks and Confessionalisation in Heidelberg, 1546–1620’, in Musik in neuzeitlichen Konfessionskulturen (16.-19. Jahrhundert): Räume – Medien – Funktionen, edited by Gabriele Haug-Moritz, Michael Fischer and Norbert Haag (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2013), 85–102.

Other Publications

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.

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