Alexander Rehding

Alexander Rehding

Fanny Peabody Professor of Music
Chair of the Music Department
Affiliate of Arts, Film, and Visual Studies; Affiliate of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Alexander Rehding

Research Interests

As a music theorist, Rehding is interested in the question of how music has been understood at different times in history. This has taken his work in a number of different directions -- from Ancient Greek music to the Eurovision Song Contest. Much of his work has been dedicated to music and ecocriticism. (He believes he may have inadvertently coined the term "Ecomusicology" in a 2001 article.) He is currently interested in issues of slowness – specifically music that spans vast amounts of time, thousands or even billions of years, and its function in raising critical awareness. He is the recipient of the 2014 Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association (UK).

Related Publications

Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought (2003, pb 2008)

Music and Monumentality (2009)

Music Theory and Natural Order (2001, pb 2005, with Suzannah Clark)

The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theory (2011, with Ed Gollin)

Faculty Department

Department of Music



Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard


Contact Information

Music Building 305N, North Yard, 1 Oxford Street

Research Areas

Alphabetical by Last Name