Fabio Morabito, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
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morabito@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Fabio Morabito joined the Department of Music at the University of Alberta in 2020, as Assistant Professor of Musicology. He was the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at the University of Oxford (2017-2020), and previously taught at Durham University and Kings College London, where he completed his PhD in historical musicology. The dissertation won the Ralph Gibson Award of the Society for the Study of French History. His earlier trainings in music and musicology took place at the University of Pavia-Cremona, in Italy, and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, in Germany.

Fabio’s research focuses on cultures of Western art music in the late 18th and early 19th century, exploring issues of canon formation and the origins of celebrity (for instance, how musicians engaged with ever-wider publics); music and cultures of sociability; music collecting and annotating; and the role played by musicologies of the past and the present in shaping musical identities. Other interests include ideals of 18th- and 19th-century chamber music; concepts of modern musical authorship; materiality; "new historicism" and historiography; and the history and future of the humanities. His most recent articles are out in the 2021 and 2020 issues of Music & Letters and the Journal of Musicology, and he is at work on a monograph entitled “Making the Modern Composer,” which considers both canonical and non-canonical figures of the nineteenth century in their attempts to “make themselves” in the eyes and ears of the public and posterity. Fabio was the Principal Investigator of the project 19th-Century Musicians as Annotators (University of Oxford 2019-21) funded by the British Academy and fostering collaborative research between music historians, historians of the book and the British Library.


Books

F. Morabito and L. de Raymond (eds.), Antoine Reicha and the Making of the Nineteenth-Century Compose(Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2021).


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

F. Morabito, “Endless Self: Haydn, Cherubini and the Sound of the Canon,” 19th-Century Music 46/2 (2022 forthcoming).

F. Morabito, “Musicology Without Heroes,” Music & Letters 102/2 (2021), 347-361.

F. Morabito, “Rehearsing the Social: Beethoven’s Late Quartets in Paris, 1825-1829,” Journal of Musicology 37/3 (2020), 349-382.

F. Morabito, “Theatrical Marginalia: Pierre Baillot and the Prototype of the Modern Performer,” Music & Letters 101/2 (2020), 270-299.

F. Morabito, “Review: Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730-1830, ed. Emily H. Green, Catherine Mayes (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017),” Eighteenth Century Music 16/1 (2019), 60-63.

F. Morabito, “The Score in the Performer’s Hands: Reading Traces of the Act of Performance as a Form of Analysis?” Music Theory Online 22/2 (2016).

F. Morabito, “I manoscritti autografi di Luigi Cherubini: cataloghi, storia ed acquisizione del lascito presso la Königliche Bibliothek di Berlino,” Acta Musicologica 84/2 (2012), 167-198. 


Short Films and Public Musicology

F. Morabito (writer and director): 10 min short film Handling Music before the Invention of the Phonograph (2022) in the permanent digital exhibition “Discovering Music: the 19th century,” The British Library, London, UK.

F. Morabito (writer and director): 10 min short film Annotating Music (2022) in the permanent digital exhibition “Discovering Music: the 19th century,” The British Library, London, UK.

F. Morabito (writer): article “The 19th-Century Musical Album,” (2022) in the permanent digital exhibition “Discovering Music: the 19th century,” The British Library, London, UK.

F. Morabito (writer): article “Musical Autograph Collectors of the 19th Century,” (2022) in the permanent digital exhibition “Discovering Music: the 19th century,” The British Library, London, UK.


Book chapters

F. Morabito and L. de Raymond, “The Composer as Process,” in Antoine Reicha and the Making of the Nineteenth-Century Composer, ed. Fabio Morabito and Louise de Raymond (Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2021), vii-xxix.

F. Morabito, “Making the Modern Composer in Haydn’s Image,” in Antoine Reicha and the Making of the Nineteenth-Century Composer, ed. Morabito and de Raymond (Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2021), 3-26.

M. Ward and F. Morabito, “Texture as Structure: Sonata and Concerto Elements in the String Quartets by Rodolphe Kreutzer, Pierre Rode and Antoine Reicha,” in Antoine Reicha and the Making of the Nineteenth-Century Composer, ed. Morabito and de Raymond (Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2021), 27-70.

F. Morabito, “Évaluer le génie sur son lit de mort: la biographie critique de Méhul par Luigi Cherubini,” in Le Fer et les Fleurs: Etienne Nicholas Méhul (1763-1817), ed. Alexandre Dratwicki and Etienne Jardin (Paris: Actes Sud, 2017), 481-508.

F. Morabito, “Luigi Cherubini auf der Suche nach dem eigenen Quartettstil: das unvollendete Quatuor second und die späten Streichquartette,” in Luigi Cherubini: vielzitiert, bewundert, unbekannt, ed. Helen Geyer (Sinzig: Studio Verlag, 2016), 105-118.

F. Morabito, “Il processo compositivo di Cherubini: il caso dei quartetti,” in Cherubini al “Cherubini” nel 250° della nascita, ed. Sergio Miceli (Firenze: Olschki, 2011), 167-188.

F. Morabito, “I quartetti per archi di Alessandro Rolla: osservazioni sulla macrostruttura e sulla tecnica compositiva,” in Alessandro Rolla (1754-1841): un caposcuola dell’arte violinistica lombarda, ed. Mariateresa Dellaborra (Lucca: LIM, 2011), 277-284.


Teaching

Upcoming special topic courses are listed below. Interested in knowing more about these courses? Please email me to ask for a course description or the syllabus.  

Winter 2023
MUSIC 501 Music History Seminar: What Makes Music Last?

Winter 2024
MUSIC 487/587 Period/Advanced Period Studies: Cultures of Romanticism

Courses

MUSIC 186 - Musical Life Today

Explores how people engage with musical genres, practices, and traditions across different cultures and places.


MUSIC 283 - Western Art Music, Ancient-1800

A study of music history and culture in the West up to circa 1800, exploring social, stylistic, material and intellectual perspectives with attention to listening, score reading, research, critical thinking, and communication skills. Prerequisite: MUSIC 186 or consent of the department. Not available to students with credit in MUSIC 281.


MUSIC 501 - Music History Seminar I

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


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