Profile of Dr. Christian Leitmeir

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Dr. Christian Leitmeir
Senior Lecturer in Music; Joint Deputy Head of School
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Christian Thomas Leitmeir (born 1974 in Donauwörth, Germany) joined the School of Music at Bangor as Lecturer in February 2007. Christian first read Musicology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Theology at the University of Munich, then completed his MMus degree in Musicology at King’s College London (1999) and, in 2003, obtained his doctorate from the Karl-Eberhards-Universität Tübingen. His thesis, a monograph on the Flemish composer Jacobus de Kerle, won the Dissertation Award of the University and was published, in extended form, as a monograph (2009). Before coming to Bangor, Christian held a Long-Term Frances A. Yates Research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London, 2003-6) and taught as external tutor at several colleges in Oxford.

In 2013 he was elected into the Academia Europaea, the functioning European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences.

A specialist in medieval music theory, 16th-century sacred music and musical palaeography, Christian has wide-ranging interests in other periods of music history as well as other subject areas, which feeds into interdisciplinary research and international collaborations. He has developed strong ties especially to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. He established an excursion to Prague, which has developed into a block seminar, bringing together staff and students from the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, France and Wales.

A former editor of Musik in Bayern (2003-2014),he is co-editor of Plainsong & Medieval Music. In addition he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation. He is Treasurer to the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society.

He is co-investigator on the AHRC-funded research project The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1470-1530 (PRoMS).

Follow Christian’s work on academia, where you will also find further information on research papers and publications.

Note: Christian is away on study leave during Semester 2 of 2013–14.


My teaching covers all areas of music history, with an emphasis on the periods before 1600, and editorial musicology. Every year, I co-ordinate, and contribute to, a number of team-taught modules and teach at least two Genre & Composer modules every year. These extend over a range of topics, including ‘Music for the Dead’, ‘The Italian Madrigal’, ‘The Solo Concerto in the 18th and 19th centuries’, ‘German Opera between Mozart and Wagner’ and ‘Editing Medieval Music’.
In the current academic year I teach the following modules:

Core Modules

  • Year 1: WXM1001/WXM1002: The Study of Music (team-taught)
  • MA/MMus: WMM4044: Current Musicology (co-ordinator)

Genre & Composer Modules (Years 2 and 3)

  • WXM2183/WXM3183: Music for the Dead, from the Middle Ages to Mozart

Editorial Musicology

  • WXM2205: Notation & Edition (Semester 1)


Postgraduate Taught Degrees in Music (MA, MMus, PGDip) (co-ordinator)

  • Current Musicology (core module on research methodology)
  • Modules in Historical Musicology, Editorial Musicology, Early Music

MA in Medieval Studies (co-ordinator with Dr Raluca Radulescu)

  • KAH4401: Understanding the Middle Ages (core module)

Current research postgraduates under Christian Leitmeir’s supervision work on:

  • music theory in late-medieval England
  • counterpoint and compositional techniques in the works of Johannes Ockeghem
  • psalm settings by Orlando di Lasso
  • vocality in the instrumental music of Max Bruch
  • Louis Spohr’s concertos

The following projects, supervised by Christian Leitmeir have been completed:

  • Maria Behrendt (née Schors), Carl Loewe's 'Nordic tone': The Scottish, English and Nordic ballads (MA by Research, 2012) (funded by the DAAD)
  • Diane Temme, Aspects of Structural Continuity in Lasso's Penitential Psalms (MPhil, 2012)
  • Mark Hirst, The artistic collaboration of Stan Getz and Eddie Sauter (MPhil, 2013) (funded by the AHRC)


Research Interests

General Perspectives:

  • Sacred Music (in the context of liturgy, devotion and theology)
  • Musical Notation (especially in relation to theory, composition and performance)
  • Interplay of music, words and images
  • Philology and Editing


  • Music Theory in the Middle Ages
  • Renaissance Polyphony in Continental Europe
  • Viennese Classicism (Mozart and contemporaries)
  • Music between Late-Romanticism, Modernism and Postmodernism (especially Richard Strauss and his contemporaries)
  • Music Historiography and Early-Music Scholarship in the 19th and 20th centuries



A complete list of publications can be found on academia.


  • Jacobus de Kerle (1531/32-1591): Komponieren im Brennpunkt von Kirche und Kunst, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance. RICERCAR, Collection Épitome musical (Turnhout, 2009), ISBN 978–2–503–51959–3, xii + 1131 pp.


  • Johannes Stadlmayr, Apparatus musicus (Innsbruck 1654), online edition (2004) at, edited in commission of the Institut für Tiroler Musikforschung by Thomas Engel (transcription) and Christian Thomas Leitmeir (reconstruction of missing parts)
  • Teodoro Riccio, Liber primus missarum, Monumenta Musicae in Polonia (Warsaw, 2016) (contracted by the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Major Articles (since 2008)

Medieval Music

  • ‘Arguing with Spirituality against Spirituality. A Cistercian Apologia for Mensural Music by Petrus dictus Palma ociosa (1336)’, Archa Verbi. Yearbook for the Study of Medieval Theology, 4 (2007), 115–59.
  • ‘Sine Auctoritate Nulla Disciplina Est Perfecta: Medieval Music Theory in Search of Normative Foundations’, Between Creativity and Norm-Making: Tensions in the Early Modern Era, edited by Sigrid Müller and Cornelia Schweiger, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions, 165 (Leiden, 2012)

Renaissance Music

  • ‘Tropes and Cantus Firmi in Sixteenth-Century Missae de Beata Virgine’, Die Tonkunst, 4 (1/2009), 8-26.
  • ‘Die Musik am Kölner Dom und am erzbischöflichen Hof im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert: Zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte musikalischer Institutionen’, Das Kölner Erzbistum in der Musikgeschichte des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts, edited by Klaus Pietschmann, Beiträge zur rheinischen Musikgeschichte, 172 (Cologne, 2009), 259-309.
  • ‘How many keys are there to a lock? Contextualising a 16th-Century Motet’, Studies in Renaissance Music (1400-1600), edited by M. Jennifer Bloxam & Gioia Filocamo (Brepols, 2009), 441–452.
  • ‘Carl Motzhart (fl. 1591): Ein unbekannter Musik mit bekanntem Namen aus der Zeit Orlando di Lassos’, Musik in Bayern, 72/73 (2007/8), 245-257.
  • ‘Infamous Last Words: Isaac’s Ultimate Verdict on Senfl’, The Soul of Wit. Micro-Festschrift Rob Wegman zum 50. Geburtstag, edited by Michael Scott Cuthbert (Somerville/Mass., 2011), 32v-33r
  • (with Franz Körndle), ‘Probleme der Identifikation katholischer und protestantischer Kirchenmusik im 16. Jahrhundert’, Musik und kulturelle Identität, Bericht über den XIII. Internationalen Kongress der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung 2004,edited by Detlef Altenburg and Rainer Bayreuther (Kassel etc., 2012)
  • ‘Teodoro Riccio’s Liber primus missarum (1579): a musical ambassador between Prussia and Poland’, The Musical Heritage of the Jagiellonian Era in Central and Eastern European Countries, edited by Paweł Gancarczyk, Agnieszka Leszczyńska und Elżbieta Wojnowska (Warsaw, 2012), 125-156
  • ‘Lutheran Propers for Wrocław/Breslau: The Cantus Choralis (1575) of Johannes Knöfel’, The Musical Culture of Silesia Before 1742: New Contexts – New Perspectives, edited by Paweł Gancarczyk, Lenka Hlávková-Mráčková and Remigiusz Pośpiech (Frankfurt/Main etc., 2013), 89–113.

18th and 20th Centuries

  • ‘Eine „glückliche Anwendung historischer Resultate auf die Oper“? Zur Verwendung alter Musik in Adolf Sandbergers Oper Ludwig der Springer (1895)’, Mozart im Zentrum. Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Manfred Hermann Schmid, edited by Klaus Aringer & Ann-Katrin Zimmermann (Tutzing, 2010), 381–407
  • Introduction to Ernst Boehe, Stille der Nacht, Repertoire Explorer, 1109 (Reprint München, 2011)
  • Introduction to Ernst Boehe, Taormina, Tondichtung für großes Orchester, op. 9, Repertoire Explorer, 1117 (Reprint München, 2011)
  • ‘Weiterleben, Rückgriff, Neubesinnung: Traditionslinien im Requiem des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts’, Die Tonkunst, 6/1 = Vokalmusik, 1910-1940 (2012), 52-63
  • Audiatur et altera pars. Das Kölner Ordinariat Theodor Kroyers (1932-1938), Musikwissenschaft im Rheinland um 1930, edited by Norbert Jers und Klaus Pietschmann, Beiträge zur rheinischen Musikgeschichte, 171 (2012), 93-131
  • ‘Totengedenken und Wohltat: Ignaz Lachners Prolog zur Vorstellung zu Gunsten der Hinterbliebenen des weiland Kapellmeisters Albert Lortzing’, Lortzing und Leipzig: Musikleben zwischen Öffentlichkeit, Bürgerlichkeit und Privatheit. Bericht über die Internationale Tagung an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig […] 2009, edited by Thomas Schipperges & Irmlind Capelle (Hildesheim-Zürich-New York, 2014), 379-422.
  • ‘Die Orchesterlieder’, Richard Strauss Handbuch, edited by Walter Werbeck (Stuttgart, 2014), 348-361.

Articles in Dictionaries

  • Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Personenteil, 2nd edition, edited by Ludwig Finscher, 17 vols (Kassel etc., 1999-2007):
    Johannes Faber; Johannes de Fossa; Kugelmann, Familie; Vincenzo Ruffo ; Johannes Stomius; Rupert Unterholzer; Otto Ursprung; Thomas von Wallingford; Johann Weinmann; Johann Zanger
  • Lexikon der Musik der Renaissance, edited by Elisabeth Schmierer, Handbuch der Musik in der Renaissance, vol. 7 (Laaber, 2012):
    Hugenottenpsalter; Kirchenlied; Psalmvertonungen; Te Deum; Königsberg
    Martin Bucer; Johannes Bugenhagen; Eberhard von Cersne; Friedrich Dedekind; Jacobus de Kerle; Lucas Lossius; Jacob Meiland; Thomas Müntzer; Savonarola; Ulrich Zwingli


  • Editor-in-chief of Musik in Bayern (journal of the Gesellschaft für Bayerische Musikgeschichte) (2004–2014)
  • Co-Editor of Plainsong and Medieval Music (from 2010)

Membership of Editoriboards:

  • Journal of the Alamire Foundation (from 2008)
  • Music Theory & Analysis (from 2013)

Recent Conference Papers

Papers given since 2011. A complete list can be found on academia.

Invited papers and public lectures

August 2013

Stimm-Wercktage, Adlersberg (near Regensburg)
Symposium: ‘Orlando di Lasso: Netzwerke’
Der schöne Schein des Gesamtkunstwerks
Zum Zusammenspiel von Bild, Text und Musik in den Bußpsalmen-Codices

July 2013

Novacella (Italy)
11th International Symposium on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Music
A fascicle of Ars nova theory in Erfurt

June 2013

The Warburg Institute (University of London)
‘The Production and Reading of Music Sources’
Design or Disaster? A Concert of Images, Words and Music in the Penitential Psalm Codices

May 2013

Charles University Prague
Workshop Conference: ‘Current Research on Central European Music’
Secular into Sacred: The Practicalities of Church Music Reform in Italy and Central Europe

October 2012

 Musikhochschule and Opera Stuttgart
‘Strauss in Stuttgart, 100 Jahre Ariadne auf Naxos’
Eine dritte weibliche Hauptfigur in Ariadne auf Naxos? Echo im Widerhall der Traditionen

July 2012 

Bangor University
Second International Workshop ‘Medieval Music Theory in Context’
Musical examples in theoretical discourse: Function, transmission, problems

July 2012 

Rome, Conference of the International Musicological Society
Study Session: ‘Creating a musical memory: Modes of tradition in the repertory of the papal chapel’
Tradition vs Innovation: The Papal Chapel under the Spell of Post-Tridentine Reforms

March 2012 

Dubrovnik, Centre for Mediterranean Studies
Aux confins de l’humanisme musical : monde slave et culture méditerranéenne
Secular into Sacred:The Practicalities of Church Music Reform in Italy and Central Europe

March 2012 

Warsaw University, Department of Musicology
Public lecture: Servants of Two Lords: How Sixteenth-Century Music crossed Confessional Boundaries

February 2012  

 Oxford, All Souls College
All Souls Seminars on Early Music
Flower Power: A Cistercian Concept of Ars nova polyphony and its roots

September 2011 

     Wrocław University
‘The Musical Culture of Silesia before 1741’
Lutheran Propers for Breslau/Wrocław: the Cantus Choralis (1575) of Johannes Knöfel

August 2011

      Universität Erfurt
‘Neue Forschungen zur Amploniana’
Die Tauglichkeit der „Amploniana“ für das Studium der „Artes“ (Themenbereich Musik)

June 2011   

   Schwabenakademie Kloster Irsee
‘Meinrad Spieß in der süddeutschen Klostermusik des 18. Jahrhunderts’
Die Requiemkompositionen von Meinrad Spieß

June 2011   

   Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Public Lecture in lecture cycle on the history of the Department of Musicology
Ein verhinderter Komponist? Adolf Sandberger auf dem Münchner Lehrstuhl für Musikwissenschaft

May 2011 

     Leopld-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
‘Rudolf von Ficker (1886-1954): Symposium anlässlich seines 125. Geburtstages’
Schöpfen und Nachschöpfen: Rudolf von Ficker als Künstler

April 2011  

Charles University Prague
One-day conference: Music in Central Europe before 1600
Transforming the Elements of Music: Rudolfinian Composers in the Alchemical Laboratory

January 2011  

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
SFB 573: „Humanistische Theorie der Musik im Wissenssystem ihrer Zeit“ (public lecture)
Der kleine Grenzverkehr: Zur konfessionsüberschreitenden Übernahme und Anverwandlung von geistlicher Musik des 16. Jahrhunderts

Other papers

January 2014

University of Southampton, Music Research Seminar
The Council of Trent Re-Visted (yet again): The Practicalisites of Church Music Reform in the 16th Century

July 2013

Certaldo, Centro Studi sull’ Ars nova Italiana nel Trecento
Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference
Design or Disaster?
A Concert of Images, Words and Music in the Penitential Psalm Codices

September 2012 

Oxford Brookes University
OBERTO Conference: ‘Operatic Masculinities’
'The Birth of Negative Andrology? New Perspectives on Masculine Otherness in German Opera before Wagner

July 2012

 University of Nottingham, Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference
Panel ‘Revisiting Rudolf II’ (organised with Erika Honisch)
Da pacem Domine: The Desire for Peace in Rudolfinian Music
PRoMS Panel
‘Haec scripsit Leonhardus Frantz notista’: The portfolio of a 16th-century music scribe

June 2012   

Prague, Association for Cultural Studies in Central Europe
Workshop ‘Music in the Age of Rudolf II’ (organised with Jan Bat’a)
Rudolf before Prague: The journey to Barcelona (1562-3), as documented in the Diary of Cardinal Otto Truchsess of Waldburg

November 2011  

Princeton University
‘The Gothic Revolution: Music in Western Europe, 1100–1300’
Flower Power: The Rise of Flores in 13th-Century Polyphony

July 2011 

Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, CSIC Barcelona
From Rome to Barcelona: Jacobus de Kerle travels to Spain (1562–3)

February 2011 

Research Seminar Series, Bangor University, School of Music:
Beyond Lesbianism and Woman Suffrage: Making Musical Sense of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D


  • Programme notes for concerts of the Symphony Orchestra and Radio Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
  • Public lectures in the context of music festivals and other public events
  • Critical edition of Franz Gregor Bihler, Missa solemnis in B, contracted for a performance at Heilig Kreuz, Donauwörth, 2010
  • Supervisor of 7 Access to Masters projects and 1 Maxi-KESS project with Venue Cymru