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Matthew Laube

Matthew Laube

Affiliated Researcher, Faculty of Music



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.

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

Robinson College:

Key Publications

‘“The Harmony of One Choir”? Music and Social Identity in Reformation Heidelberg’, Past & Present (Accepted for publication)

'Materializing Music in the Lutheran Home', Past & Present 234 suppl. 12 (2017), 114-138.

 ‘Confessional Networks, Cultural Exchange and the Printed Music of Jerome Commelin (c.1550–1597)’, in International Exchange in the Early Modern Book World, ed. Matthew McLean and Sara Barker (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 259–281.

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, ed. Gabriele Haug-Moritz, Michael Fischer and Norbert Haag (Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke Verlag, 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.